Fragrant dahlia ice cream

Fragrant dahlia ice cream

At the beginning of December I turned our first dahlia tubers into dahlia pan haggerty, which turned out to be quite nice. Just before Christmas I was translating Mexican dahlia ‘yam’ recipes, as you do, looking for ways to use the rest of the harvest. Most of the...
Tendrils: 160108

Tendrils: 160108

The UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP), celebrating their role in feeding people across the globe. Pulses are also known as grain legumes – gardeners may refer to them as legumes (e.g. for crop rotation purposes) or just as beans and...
Tendrils: 151211

Tendrils: 151211

Since we’re into the last fortnight before Christmas, Tendrils is taking on a more festive feel this week 🙂 I had some guests over for a holiday lunch yesterday, and the Crate-mas tree caused quite a stir! So did the fact that I have categorised, labelled and...
Bye bye October

Bye bye October

My plants must know, better than I do, that winter is on its way. Yet they’re showing little signs of giving up hope yet. The edible dahlias – which in theory I should be lifting this month – are still unbelievably floriferous. I took this picture on yesterday...
Sowing cool chillies

Sowing cool chillies

My early sowings of pansies and cardamom (old seeds) have come to nothing, so today I turfed the plugs out into the garlic tub and sowed some chillies instead. Although the trend in recent years has been to go as hot as possible, I’ve gone the other way – I’d like the...
Pandan

Pandan

The giant Pandan triffid surveys its domain Back in March this year, when I naively thought having a garden would be just weeks away, I ordered some plants from Suttons. The Chilean guavas have spent all summer on the windowsill at work, but have now come home and are...

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