Peasant Pudding is presumably so called because it’s simple and cheap to make. It’s also quick to throw together and yummy to eat. This version is heavy on the apples in proportion to the pudding side of things, and comes from an old notebook of my Mum’s. The quantities are therefore British Imperial measures. Peasant … Continue reading Peasant Pudding
There may not be a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants. But sometimes, you kind of wish there was. Following my previous post about pebbles/shingle, here are a couple of related photos. Where people have gone for pebbles or paving slabs, for low-maintenance; then tried to make them look less sterile with plants. … Continue reading Cruelty to plants
The main picture isn't part of a car park or industrial site. It is someone's front 'garden' in a wholly residential area. Here is a fuller view/: Being one big island and a bunch of small ones, Great Britain has a LOT of coastline. It’s hard to measure – there is even a thing … Continue reading Leave pebbles on the beach
Supermarket plants – good or bad? Well yes. And no. ! Just over a year ago, Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don stirred up the argument by urging gardeners to steer clear of supermarket plants. His argument was that they diminish choice: “You get lots of exactly the same thing, mass-produced to be as cheap as … Continue reading Supermarket plants
Sticks can be incredibly dangerous As can tree stumps, branches, twigs – and hard leaves. I had a dog who gashed his leg, plunging into a river, on a bit of tree submerged in the mud (luckily, missing anything vital: he needed stitches, but quickly recovered). Throwing sticks for dogs is also the cause of … Continue reading Simple garden safety tips
Sitting out on the decking with a mug of coffee, I found myself thinking about the true joys of gardening. Beyond the obvious ones of harvesting home-grown produce (and eating it!). Beyond the pleasure in seeing flowers bloom, plants grow. Those truly are major joys of gardening, but they aren’t the only ones… Look up … Continue reading True joys of gardening
How often should I post on my blog? Thoughts, facts, and some common sense. Some of us set up blogs for fun, some for the challenge, some because we have something we want to share with the world, some in the hope of making money. (This post is part of Changing Lemons’ ‘be nice’ ethos). … Continue reading How often should I post on my blog?
The seed blizzards have well and truly begun! The annual dandelion seed blizzard started here about ten days ago. It’s the second of the quartet of natural nuisances here each spring. I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, the bluebells are flowering, so are azaleas – and all sorts of fruit … Continue reading Annual seed blizzards
Ash seedlings are a menace. Admittedly, not in the same league as Japanese knotweed, or giant hogweed. And the trees are native (to the UK), and in the right place, perfectly pleasant. But every spring, they are the first of a trio of nuisances for gardeners. The second being the annual dandelion blizzard, and the … Continue reading Ash seedlings, an annual nightmare!
If you are looking for a shrub that is showy, evergreen, thrives in acid soil, needs very little attention, and gives you double 'wow' for your money, try pieris. I say 'a shrub,' but in fact there are a wealth of pieris to choose from, from compact varieties to some which are really trees rather … Continue reading In praise of pieris