Things are not going swimmingly, far from it. The whole lot in the greenhouse, pardon, the kitchen is starting to damp off, or otherwise succumb to something nasty. The Salvia Sclarea seedlings - the ones that sprouted so happily a week or what ago, the ones that I talked to and sang to every day, … Continue reading The kitchen lot should feel thankful for the fact we actually need the light above their shriveled heads.
Turns out I have an American neighbour on the allotment! He lived and thrived and surfed through the sixties and seventies, and is now happily living in Finland with his wife. Come spring, his plot has the most extravagant display of tulips - he told me he once bought them from the Netherlands by the … Continue reading Gladioli.
Amsonia Tabernaemontana sounds a bit like something you'd find in a Harry Potter book, but you'd be mistaken - it's ' just' a plant. Also called the 'Eastern Bluestar' (bit less of a mouthful), I found her on a trip to the Netherlands last year in May. She looked so photogenic even before blooming, so … Continue reading The Harry Potter plant
My lupins are a tad unhappy - they're damping off, giving up the ghost one by one. Sad. I planned to keep them out on the balcony all winter so they'd germinate around February and I figured they'd grow on, slowly and steadily, with just the glass and maybe a plastic cover to protect them. … Continue reading My lupins are damping off.
Whether you believe it's because the 'no' or the 'ber' are back in the month, now is the time to make home and stead smell like spicey goodness. When outside it's dark and stormy, and the garden is put to bed, let us take to the kitchen and rummage through our spice cabinets - be … Continue reading Gingerbread chunks, the old Dutch way