In a Vase on Monday – Not quite Cotehele!

Some of you may remember my enthusiastic post after I visited Cotehele in December 2015.  I was so inspired that I wanted to grow everlasting flowers to make a small swag of my own.  My seed order for growing in 2016 from Chiltern Seeds failed for some reason so I only grew a few everlasting flowers that I obtained seed of locally.  Spurred on by the seemingly large number of blooms produced in a very small area I determined to try again this year.  The order worked perfectly (as it usually does) and the seeds were duly sown and planted out into one of the cut flower beds this year.  I have to admit that they need picking and preparing a couple of times a week if the plants are to produce optimally – needless to say I didn’t achieve that but I thought I had probably harvested enough for a small swag. Continue reading


In a vase on Monday – Advent Crown

I can’t believe that it is already December and yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent.  As we will be at home for Christmas for the first time in many years I am thrilled to be planning on bringing lots of greenery into the house to make it feel truly festive. So no vase today to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden but an Advent Crown. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday – end of the crop

Last of the ripe red, yellow and orange peppers

Despite the cold weather this autumn I think this is the latest that I’ve picked ripe peppers.  They were planted in the bed between the rows of olives so they were protected from cold winds and the first frosts.  I picked these on Monday knowing that they wouldn’t survive the hard frost of Monday night.  Once they were roasted I removed their skins and seeds and have frozen most for future use the rest I’ll dress with new season oil, capers and preserved lemons.

I also picked all the green ones and put them in the fridge; they won’t ripen now, but I can still use them in stir fries for a while.

In a vase on Monday – Who’d have thought it?

There is an icy cold wind this morning, but the sun is shining.  I went into the garden with my secateurs with no idea whatsoever what I would find to put in my vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden this week. Continue reading

Garden bloggers’ Foliage Day – a little colour

Garden bloggers’ Foliage Day – a little colour

Welcome to GBFD; I promised when I said that I wouldn’t be posting every month any more that I would post if I thought there was something worth sharing with you.

I complain most years that there is no autumn colour in my garden except for the Pomegranate, that changes to a lovely buttery yellow each year. Continue reading