Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday morning

First thing in the morning I like to walk around the garden.
It promises to be a beautiful day.

There was a deer in the orchard at dawn, 
time to check the veg!
I've netted the brassica against pigeons 
but deer are another matter.
Things are shaping up well.

Here's my little Meyer bush sitting out in the sunshine.

Some parts of the garden look really scruffy
and the roses need treating for rust and black spot.
The weekly food shop is dangerous at this time of year as I have to walk past the outdoor plant section to access the trolleys. Yesterday I couldn't resist Mrs Cholmondeley. I've planted her to climb up the back of the arbour.
In the greenhouse there isn't much room to sit.

 The ginger plant has thrown up a beautiful flower
but it's fading already.
This plant from Sally is labeled, 'Uganda'.
It's bright red flower produced this little pouch of seeds.
Another gardening challenge!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lemon curd

The fruit on my Meyer lemon bush is ripe and the eggs from the farm down the road are summer large and golden yoked - time to make some lemon curd! It's a simple recipe.
6 lemons, juice and grated rind.
6 eggs
6 oz butter 
12oz sugar
Melt the butter and sugar in a bowl that is set over simmering water. Add the lemon and lastly the well-beaten eggs. Stir until set then pour into warmed jars and seal when cold.