Home Grown

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Early Sunshine..

The beautiful weather in April and May have made gardening an absolute pleasure. Nigella, pictured in the featured image is one of my favourite cottage garden flowers.  Otherwise known as ‘love in a mist’ is an annual garden flowering plant belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae.  It is native to southern Europe, north Africa and southwest Asia, where it can be found on neglected damp patches of land.  That’s why it does so well in my garden. The picture of the Lavender, sadly not taken by myself reminds me of another patch in the garden where the bees are having a field day.  I’ve even purchased a bug hotel.  No visitors yet!

Diversifying…

Having only had two years here at the cottage I’m pleased with the progress.  There were no flowers or shrubs in this part of the garden, and yes a few mistakes have been made with the planting, however I think next year the space should be full of bee and butterfly loving scented plants and hopefully weeding will be a thing of the past! There should even be enough to cut from which will make life so much easier.  Supply of flowers has been spasmodic of late, to say the least!  Things are not back to normal yet since the pandemic so I feel the need to diversify.  Planting and gardening will be my next project and I look forward to posting the pictures next time.

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Natural Beauty…

These beautiful poppies were to be found on one of the glorious walks nearby.  There is a whole field of corn with a strip of uniformed poppy flowers growing alongside.  I’m reliably informed that poppies are triggered into germination when the soil is disturbed and they are exposed to light – which is why they typically found in cornfields ploughed in Spring, like the one pictured here. They also grew with a poignant presence in the shell-churned fields of World War 1.

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The Gin Garden…

I know we all know that herbs can be used for so many things but I was intrigued to read in the RHS magazine just how many could be used to flavour gin. Some of these are obvious but others not so.  If you’re a gin lover its well worth a try. Cheers everyone and lets hope the sunshine soon returns.

  1. Lavender. Gives a floral flavour but use sparingly as very strong.
  2.  Juniper.  An obvious one but it does boost the classic gin flavour
  3. Lemon Balm.  Add sparingly for extra freshness.
  4.  Rosemary.  Herbal taste and good as a garnish
  5.  Damask Rose.  Adds a delicate floral element.
  6.  Cornflower.  Once again adds delicate floral notes.
  7.  Lemon Thyme.  Adds a tangy citrus tone.
  8.  Chamomile.  Floral notes
  9. Lemon Verbena.  Mediterranean citrus flavour.

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