Visiting an Iconic Vegetable Garden

I grow a lot of vegetables; we are almost self-sufficient for most of the year which I have to admit actually gives me almost more pleasure than the rest of the garden.  The first time I made Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables using ALL my own produce (including the olive oil) I had such a deep sensation of contentment it is hard to describe.  Now it is something I make on almost a weekly basis from the end of July onwards; I still have enough of everything to make it one last time this year, but the courgettes are like marrows so I may use butternut squash instead this time.

I love cooking as much as I do working in the garden so I was thrilled with my birthday present from my husband (last mention of the birthday I promise); dinner and a night at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

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The Slope on Thursday 3rd October

On Sunday night and most of Monday there was heavy rain with thunder and lightning to make things even more exciting.  With so much rain the garden is beginning to really return to the green colour that I haven’t seen since spring. Continue reading

The Long View, October 2013

October has come in with a rush, I’m not sure what happened to September, I suppose being away for two weeks made it seem shorter, but I don’t even know what happened to the other two weeks!

On Sunday night there was a terrific thunder storm with heavy rain, Monday had lots of heavy showers.  The garden will appreciate the rain but it doesn’t make much difference to the images looking out of my top window for this month’s Long View.  Hosted by Xericstyle, the idea is to show a view from the same spot every first of the month to check how the view changes through the year.  Why not join in, I think I’m going to learn a lot from this, you might too.

I'm satisfied with the overall look

I’m satisfied with the overall look

Perovskia still blue, this has been flowering since the end of June

Perovskia still blue, this has been flowering since the end of June

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The edge of the Large Island

The edge of the Large Island

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Clematis Armandii is very brown, dead maybe?

Clematis Armandii is very brown, dead maybe?

Looking straight down, Rosa clair Martin is flowering strongly again

Looking straight down, Rosa clair Martin is flowering strongly again

If I lift my eyes, this is the view from the window

If I lift my eyes, this is the view from the window