Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chitting Potatoes

I think there’s nothing better in the summer than eating your own homegrown potatoes, served with butter and mint from the garden.  This week I’ve been chitting my potatoes on a windowledge for planting next month. I’m planting three different varieties: … Continue reading

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Delicious Rhubarb Fool – Where I Become The Fool!!

When you need a quick and easy pudding, subtly stylish and absolute delicious – this is just the ticket!  My husband, adores rhubarb, and his mother is the Rhubarb Fool Queen, so with some trepidation, I whipped this up a few nights … Continue reading

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Fabulous Home Grown Lavender and More Summer Bulbs!!!

I think for a complete sensory pleasure overload nothing beats a scented flower garden. I’ve always been passionate about English lavender, and in my previous cottage garden, I edged the pathway with Hidcote Lavender and deeply scented pink Alnwick Roses.  The combination of colour and scent was … Continue reading

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Planting Hollyhocks, Sweet Peas and Peonies

The snowdrops I planted in October are just beginning to bloom and the purple crocuses will be flowering shortly.  With stirrings of Spring in the garden, my thoughts are now turning to summer planting. Hollyhocks This year I’ve planted two … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Shortcakes and Pudding Ideas

These delicious heart-shaped shortcakes are so quick and easy to make and are incredibly versatile.  Ingredients – Makes 14  175g plain flour 1.5 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 45g butter diced 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 large egg 2-3 tbsp … Continue reading

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Planting Summer Bulbs and Delphiniums

It’s been wet and windy on the farm this morning, so perfect conditions for planting a selection of summer bulbs! With dibber in hand, I’ve braced the elements to plant 100 flower bulbs that will hopefully bloom between July and September. Planting Summer … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Guess What I Did With A Mirror This Weekend!

This is a really fun and easy way to make your own spectacular mirror.   I’ve used pheasant feathers, but deconstructing an old feather boa would work just as well.  For a fantastic contemporary look, monochrome or brightly coloured drinking straws of … Continue reading

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