Sunday, 28 July 2013
Buddleia and butterflies
The buddleia is in a small tub and was one of the 'Buzz' series - magenta, I think. It is supposed to be a dwarf variety and while it is not as big as some, it is not really a dwarf as it is about 5 and a half feet tall. It is a lovely plant though, with a honey scent and if it continues to attract butterflies, it definitely deserves its place in the garden.
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Posted by Ellie Foster at 15:28 8 comments:
Labels: Buddleia Buzz 'Magenta', Butterflies, garden, Peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell butterfly
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Meringue trials and tribulations
My meringue trials and tribulations all began a few months ago when a colleague and I were talking about growing soft fruit. I am growing raspberries and blueberries in tubs and he is lucky to have a large garden so can grow raspberries in the ground. He said he would bring in some raspberries and I rashly suggested I could make a meringue (never having made one before, you understand!) and we could have a pavlova at work.
So, the months rolled on and last week he brought in some raspberries. I used a Delia recipe and made my first attempt. It turned out rather browner than I would have liked and was very squidgy in the middle. So we had to have Eton Mess with the outer, crispier bit, but that was very tasty.
Undeterred, I looked on the internet to see what I may have done wrong and discovered that 1) I hadn't whipped the egg whites for long enough and 2) the oven temperature was too high.
Yesterday, I tried again. I whipped the egg whites until I could put the bowl upside down over my head without them moving and I lowered the oven temperature and put the meringue on the bottom shelf.
Here it is when baked - SUCCESS!
Posted by Ellie Foster at 19:04 11 comments:
Labels: blueberries, double cream, Eton Mess, icing sugar, Meringue, Pavlova, raspberries, summer dessert
Sunday, 21 July 2013
A productive gardening day
Posted by Ellie Foster at 20:28 4 comments:
Labels: clematis Piilu, Gardening, Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle, Jasmine 'Clotted Cream', Penstemon Garnet
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
July 2013 - blooming marvellous!
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Village Fete goodies
The one thing I was hoping was that there would be a plant stall again. Last year, I rashly purchased a Streptocarpus. Now, I am not known for my green fingers where house plants are concerned, as the only things I have managed to grow and not kill are Aloe Vera plants and Spider plants. However, the Streptocarpus 'Myfanwy' which I bought then, not only survived the winter and my rather haphazard care, it is flowering profusely.
I think they are gorgeous! Having done a bit of internet searching (Dibleys nursery here seems to be the one to look at), I am feeling confident about having a go at propagating, as they seem to propagate easily from leaf cuttings. I have a feeling that this may be the start of yet another collection!
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Garden Visit - The Garden House, Saxby (part 2)
We really enjoyed out visit and I am looking forward to the next one...
Also, today is our 20th wedding anniversary - I can't believe that it was so long ago! Those years have just flown by!
Posted by Ellie Foster at 11:59 4 comments:
Labels: damselfly, grasses, Lavender, meadow, penstemon, The Garden House Saxby, wildflowers
Monday, 8 July 2013
Garden Visit - The Garden House, Saxby (part 1)
Angie Lewin - Meadow II
..and then the bright red of poppies...
I do love to see what I call 'floofy' planting, and this is where my garden cannot compare to one like this, as they have the space to plant in huge drifts, which look amazing. My poor plants don't have the space to be drifts and have to jostle and crowd one another. I suppose if I stuck to fewer varieties, I could then have more of each one, but "my name is Ellie and I'm a plantaholic", so that would never work!
More drifts of pastel colours, with a touch of terracotta, for contrast.
The Tudor/Elizabethan gardener sculpture was almost hidden by the rose leaves.
(More photos of the rest of the visit in my next post.)
Posted by Ellie Foster at 16:06 8 comments:
Labels: iris, Lavender, meadow, ox-eye daisies, poppies. cornflowers, red hot pokers, The Garden House Saxby
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