An hour in the April garden

An hour in the April garden

I found some time (and a blackbird-free window!) to spend in the garden yesterday afternoon. After pottering around looking after my seedlings, and repotting my salmonberry, I had to do some watering. April has been uncharacteristically dry, I don’t think we’ve had...
Blackbird fledglings

Blackbird fledglings

Yesterday evening my plan to harvest purple sprouting broccoli for dinner met with an unexpected obstacle. One of our local blackbird couples had brought their twin fledglings into the garden for a feeding lesson. As you can see in the video, dad was doing a lot of...
Forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots

My morning walk has reminded me that it’s time to sow forget-me-nots (Myosotis sp.). I want to add them to the garden for their edible petals, which are the floral equivalent of confetti, although I don’t think they have any flavour to speak of. I bought my seeds last...
Refurbish, Restore

Refurbish, Restore

The Restore, at Dartington (Photo from their website) Ryan and I were on holiday in Devon last week (yes, we did have lovely weather, thank you!). One of the places we like to go when we’re in the West Country is the little set of shops that used to be the Dartington...
Bean feast

Bean feast

One of the classic meals in Ryan’s family is bean feast. Ryan’s parents serve it occasionally when we visit, and Ryan’s mum kindly brought us over a bean feast when we moved into the house, to tide us over the first couple of days when we didn’t have the energy to...
Passive-agressive agretti

Passive-agressive agretti

Last year I tried to grow agretti (Salsola soda), sharing seeds with friends and what agretti growing advice I could find. It all adds up to one thing – agretti is not the easiest plant to grow. You need fresh seed, and even then germination rates are poor. My early...

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