Blooming Marvelous! Garden Update

The Queen of Salads!

The Queen of Salads!

Well, well, well……I mean really.  We had a summer, a proper stint of sun.  We woke every morning expecting it to be sunny.  How rare, how brilliant!  The garden has appreciated the warmth and light, things are blooming like never before in our little mountain abode, we can’t keep up with the progress, most of the time just letting nature do its thing and appreciate what comes from that.  This generally hides our lack of discipline with gardening and confirms our inherent feeling that nature cannot be contained in a plant pot, or bossed around.  Our potatoes seem to appreciate the approach!

The Potato Patch

The Potato Patch

Courgette Flower

Courgette Flower

The Beach House Garden is quite big and wild, after not strimming for a while it was resembling a Welsh jungle and wild things lurked out towards the horse field.  Fortunately they were just frogs and the occasional mole, although the rabid sheep have been making unwanted appearances in the garden.  Feral lot that they are.

So this year we have some decent looking beetroots, rhubarb chard, cavolo nero and even courgettes coming along.  The herbs have gone wild (which we always enjoy) and as I said, we have three varieties of potatoes leaping from the ground at an alarming rate.  Come early August and freak storms permitting, we should have a reasonable bounty to play with in the BHK and share amongst our nearest and dearest.

'Erbs running wild

‘Erbs running wild

Raw Earth Month marches on bathed in sun and good vibrations.  I have to say, the food has been grand and we are trying our best to post more recipes.  Our month of total raw/ vegan-ness ended yesterday, no booze, coffee, consuming, chemicals, lights, washing machine etc for over a month now and going strong.  Once you start this and feel good about it, it’s always hard to get back off it.  I am sure one day a scone will come along and that will be it!  Until then we are thinking another two weeks are in order.  There are two bottles of cava primed for the closing ceremony, we’ll have a picnic in the back garden on the stone circle and eat sandwiches and a lemon drizzle cake (Jane’s favourite) and get slightly sozzled in the sun (hopefully).

Yellow Lilly's (I think) growing in the pond

Yellow Lilly’s (I think) growing in the pond

Cavolo Nero, Beetroots and Chard

Cavolo Nero, Beetroots and Chard

We are so lucky to have wild strawberries growing this year, if we can grab them before the birds take their share!  They are the sweeetest, fragrant little things.  Just one tiny strawberry can change your day, much better than their big brother variety.

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

My hayfever has taken a back seat now that Jane’s magical herbalist friend has sent some little sweet pills through.  I can now enjoy the garden without fear of pathetic dribbles and sneezing fits taking over.  Hoorah!  This has made a huge difference to my enjoyment of the dramatic transformations in these green and golden hills.

We are being battered by odd humid, tropical storms at the moment, but somewhere behind those grey clouds, there’s a sun waiting to get busy.

On a walk near the Beach House

On a walk near the Beach House

Some classic George (you saw this one coming surely!):

Hopefully you’ll be seeing some of our garden produce in our recipes very soon, there is nothing quite like cooking with your own veg.  I am lucky enough to be working at a wonderful retreat centre at the moment and cook with alot of veg grown on the land.  There is something intangible and whole heatedly enjoyable about cooking with such produce.  It makes all the difference and the flavours are spectacular!  Eating the stem of a rhubarb chard recently is a food experience I will never forget!

Enjoy the heat wave (while it lasts)!

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8 thoughts on “Blooming Marvelous! Garden Update

  1. Your garden is amazing! I have a small little garden which I love so much!
    Oh, I really appreciated the Beatles video, just came back from a mini trip and we saw Paul McCartney in Quebec City – it was magical!
    Sophia 🙂

  2. Looking Good and yes this Summer has been brilliant… Happy Harvesting… 🙂
    Sue

    • Our garden is getting there, but we are still novices. We should have a decent crop, but any thoughts of be self sustainable are very far away.

  3. Your garden is coming along very nicely! I love cavalo nero too! My beets are great, my cherry tomato plant is producing many cherry tomatoes & my Swiss chard is doing well too. My aubergine plant is producing aubergines too!
    But my pumpkin plant isn’t doing very well at all. even after hand-pollinating it, the pumpkins didn’t grow at all! 😦
    A lovely appetizing salad! 🙂 Yummm!

    • Sounds like your blooming at the minute Sophie! Bravo! Looking forward to seeing what you do with all this wonderful produce in your kitchen. Happy days, lee

  4. Summer bliss like it should be :). Kudos for keeping going with the raw. I figure it could be seasonal as raw goes hand in hand with the joys of summer and the pace of summer living. Getting sozzled on homemade cava in the sun sounds like heaven, enjoy that scone and the lemon drizzle cake when they arrive, you can always compromise and use almond flour instead of regular and make it semi-healthy ;). Love the garden, the ethos and the sun! 🙂

  5. Pingback: Chestnut Mushroom and Sage Farrotto with Balsamic Figs and Tofu Feta (Vegan) | the beach house kitchen

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