Posts Tagged ‘raspberries’

My Neglected Garden

October 25, 2010

Well, my busy uni schedule this year has taken its toll on my garden (and this blog…), but I took a stroll around the garden today and spotted a few lovelies in amongst the weeds.

I’m really pleased with this little climbing rose “Lorraine Lee”. Its only two years old & has reached the deck railing already! Its a few metres off the ground too. Its got a nice sprinkling of fragrant pink blooms this year, and its bringing some much needed colour to my bare deck at the moment:

These tiny little Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) are slowly colonising my shady area next to my workshop. I love their ferny foliage and the way the blooms tremble in the breeze:

This Moss Rose always fascinates me! I love watching it come to life each Spring. The branches are extremely prickly, but the leaves are structurally interesting, and then the buds are covered in this “moss” which has a pine fragrance when you rub it. It only flowers once a year but the blooms are deep red and very fragrant which makes it worth it. Here’s a photo in the morning sun, showing the moss & prickles in great detail:

And lastly, my Raspberry patch is bigger then ever this year (don’t I say that every year??) and the blossoms are just starting to open this week:

Can’t wait to be picking bowlfuls of these! They always feature somewhere in my Christmas desserts. And just for interests sake, here’s an “aerial view” of the bed the raspberries live in. I don’t think I’m going to be able to plant anything else in this bed this year, though there is some strawberry plants hidden in there somewhere:

Look at all that lush growth! Ignore my other veggie bed, its full of weeds, spent broccoli plants and stray potatoes.

I hope to be blogging much more this Summer, because I have absolutely no Summer School this year (first time since I started my degree!!) so should have a lot more free time for gardening and blogging 😀

Happy Spring!

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Brandy Snaps!!

December 25, 2008

Sorry, I don’t have a recipe for these since I got them free from work on Christmas Eve (sometimes its great to work in a bakery). But I did have to share with you all my absolutely delicious Christmas raspberries harvested especially for this dish, moments before this photo was taken:

brandy-snaps

I don’t know if the Northern Hemispherians have an equivilent Christmas bounty (the Pomegranate, maybe?), but for me it’s definitely my raspberries. I was going to make some mini pavlovas to go with my raspberries & cream, but with my free bandy snaps, I didn’t have to!

First raspberry!!

December 13, 2008

Behold the first raspberry of the season!! It was actually a double one but it broke in half when I plucked it off the stem. I ate it straight away, and savoured the tart raspberry-ness for the first time since planting my garden in august.

Garden Update

December 10, 2008

No recipe today, but my neighbour gave me a bunch of her broad beans, which I’ve never tried to eat or grow before:

broad-beans

Cute aren’t they!! I microwaved them with a little water for 2 minutes to steam them. The outer skins split a little, but mixed with a little butter & pepper, they were sweet & delicious! I think they are a cool-season crop, so I will have to try them next winter!

In my own garden, the tomato plants are getting really tall and have lots of flowers. I hope we can get a bit more warm weather so they can set heaps of fruit.

garden1

My past experience tells me I should be harvesting the first tomatoes around Christmas time, but there’s only a few fruit set & this is the biggest one:

tomato

November & December have been so unseasonally cold, it doesn’t seem like summer at all 😦

Also in the same bed, the onions are putting on a lot of size now:

onions

This is my first time growing onions so I hope these are tasty!!

garden2

The celery has really taken off with the cool weather, it shouldn’t be too much longer before I’m eating it. The bok choi is completely shading out the poor lettuces that are planted in between them (I had no idea the bok choi would grow that big), so  I did some culling this afternoon. I gave a bag to my neighbour in return for the broadbeans, and threw a few of the largest leaves onto the compost heap. Still no signs of snail damage, dispite all the rain we’ve been having! I am very thankful for that.

One very exciting thing I discovered today, was that some of my raspberries are getting red!!! Raspberries in time for Christmas, hooray!

raspberry

Also in the last week, my squashes/pumpkins have started to flower & set fruit. I hand pollinated these because I want to save the seeds, and I didn’t see many bees around. But it looks like it has worked with several small fruits starting to grow:

squash

I kind of got all my squash/pumpkin/cucumber seedlings mixed up after I planted them so it’s a bit of a pot luck as to what I’m going to be harvesting! But two of the plants so far have these yellow fruits, time will tell if they end up being squashes or pumpkins.

That’s all for tonight, hopefull I’ll have a recipe for you on the weekend, bye for now!