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In Other News, Team MDAS are off to a wedding today……..so excited!
So finally it’s here, Spring. Garden preparation has begun and seeds have been planted. Cauliflower, courgette, celeriac, cayenne pepper, nasturtium, french beans, dwarf sunflowers, mustard leaves, aubergines, to name but a few, went in at the end of March/beginning of April and have this week been put outside to harden off before finally going into pots or joining the herbs in the vegetable patch.
Seed swaps are happening between friends too, we are hoping to trade some of our cauliflowers (which were sown a little too enthusiastically!) For delights such as electric daisies, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
Now I can’t say that my growing skills have improved any since this time last year, but it turns out C is rather talented when it comes to growing, and has a little more patience too. Last autumn’s offerings, despite the rubbish weather, were encouraging. So with a bit of luck and sunshine hopefully this year will be even better.
Some of my favourite moments from 2012
February Hambleton Hall
May comfort food
June Jubilee Celebrations
July Road trip
August rowing in stratford
November Clandestine baking
It was a sad day today, our homegrown sunflowers had to be chopped down. I grew these from seed earlier in the year, along with some nasturtiums (which haven’t fared so well!) and was amazed at the size and speed at which they grew – they have really brightened up the garden so we were very sorry to see them go.
I was left with hundreds of sunflower seeds which I harvested. I have a few plans for these little tinkers………
I’ve made some little seed envelopes to give to people as gifts, these will be part of my christmas hampers I started working on last week with my rhubarb and raspberry jam. Each envelope will contain 10 little seeds to be planted in the recipient’s garden.
A simple gift provided by my garden.
To make these I used:
I’ll still have a few seeds left over to use in my next batch of granola!
Carnations and gypsophilia
A bouquet of lillies (and Grandpa)
Outside a florists in Paris
Here are a few of my recent acquisitions/observations. This is my most favourite way to brighten up a day.
If I’m feeling a little low, I’ll treat myself, and I love when my boyfriend surprises me with a bouquet.
As a little girl my Mother always sent me to my friends houses armed with fresh blooms as a ‘Thank you for having me’ gift. These offerings were usually homegrown and this is a tradition I hope to continue. In the next month or so I’m hoping to cut some of my own flowers from my garden…
If only they lasted longer, I wouldn’t have to take quite so many photographs!
What brightened your day today?