Whoa, that was sudden. I'm in mourning for a peach tree.

A little less than four years ago, as spring was about to sproig in 2012, I fell over an eager looking dwarf peach tree at my favourite garden shop. It looked about to burst into blossom, but still bare rooted. I took pity on it and adopted it without any plans of where it would fit in my garden. I got it home and plonked it into the middle of my herb garden. When it bloomed, the flowers were so lush that they inspired his name* from then on "Luciano", for Pavarotti of course. He grew well over the next few years, with a huge growth spurt across last spring and summer. I got a sudden terror that he either had or would, get his roots into the sewer pipe, which he was planted right on top of. I failed to think of that when I planted him.

So I came up with a plan to transplant him. The only place I could think of to put him meant that other plants needed to be evicted or moved. I've just done all that, including finding a bluestone boulder that was too big to move. A bit more than a day's work produced the hole to move him to. When I tried to dig him up, I felt there was no chance of getting enough of the roots moved to allow him to survive. So, very quickly I decided to cut him down. So sad! but I thought it would be better than either leaving him or having him die after moving. Sorry Luciano. I'm glad you lived long enough to have one good fruiting season. 3kg yield last summer.

I've kept an attractive bare branch, so he gets to live on as a new twig tree.


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The luscious flowers
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Now there was still a great gaping hole ready for a substantial plant. So I ran off and bought a new dwarf peach tree. This one even comes pre named. The variety is "O'Henry". So he is of course dubbed "Henry O'Henry". He ticks all the boxes: Yellow fleshed, full flavoured, free stone, red colour on the skin, minimal fuzz, mid season ripening. Welcome Henry, I hope you like it here. I've given him a whole bag of manure and half a bucket of compost for his roots to find .

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*of course(?) all my fruit trees have names :-)

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I had said that Luciano the peach tree didn't give me any useful fruit. This year is different. I was alerted to the presence of fruit by a few found sitting on the ground a couple of days ago. Rummaging under the leaves, I found quite a crop. I picked all the ripe ones which came to about a kilo and am in the process of making chutney from it. I guess there is another 2-3 kilos? on the tree still ripening.

It would seem these are white peaches. No the tree wasn't labelled well when I bought it. Even ripe, the skins are green, but the insides are white with a pink centre and a lovely scent.

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I've used this recipe (link below) with a few changes:
-in place of the onion, I sauted a similar volume of celery, plus added two handfuls of sultanas to the mix
-there was about 800-900g peach flesh instead of the 700g in the recipe
-4 chillis instead of 6, and mine were deseeded (old ones from the freezer)
-ginger was a heaped dessert spoon from the jar in the fridge

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3158677/peach-and-chilli-chutney


Here are all the ingredients in the pot. I love this stage, ready to go and before it goes all brown and gloopy.

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And four little jars of chutney, nice and thick. Smelled wonderful while cooking.

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( Jul. 10th, 2015 01:30 pm)
Yay, jonquils in the house. They started late this year and the first ones have been eaten by something. Finally there are some nice enough to cut. In my enthusiasm I've been a little previous as they still have flowerlets on the way but I find some of these do continue to bloom after cutting.

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( Dec. 22nd, 2013 11:28 am)
These are the last blooms of Martine Guillot's first flowering this year. So beautiful. This photo was taken yesterday afternoon. Two of those buds are fully open this morning. I think the deep pink patches are courtesy of the high heat on Thursday last.


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These are a few of my favourite things:


Filling my spice jars. Well decanting anything really. Partly it's about being well stocked, partly it's the process. Also the colours of all the different spices, the smells as you handle them, the contemplation of the food that will be cooked with them....

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Unhurried food prep. These are the first stages for potato dumplings and red cabbage for dinner tomorrow.

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Fresh bread and butter with honey. This is sourdough ciabatta from my local shops with leatherwood honey brought from Tassie by last weekend's house guests. Mmmm. Coffee in fine bone china is also a lovely thing. Crusts don't toast easily so one may as well eat them fresh eh?

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Happy green plants, especially in my garden. Winter really is the time to grow snow peas it seems. I et one straight from the plant, can't get more crisp and tasty than that.

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Watching flowers grow. These hyacinth bulbs seem to have forgiven me for not lifting them last summer.

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Whew. A mostly domestic weekend. I've done all the urgent stuff on my list, including vastly more house cleaning than I usually do and  another go-round with the car tail lights. Yay.


Catch that basil!
The weather has been cold enough that the basil was starting to go. So I've just turned 2 litres of loosely packed tasty leaves into shortcut pesto to put in the freezer for winter. I just blend it up with salt and olive oil. This time I've used a pot of cream to take up the bits sticking to all the implements- that will go over a chicken I plan to cook later. Yummy efficiency.

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Jonquil rescue
Amongst the other garden chores, I planted out the jonquil bulbs that I had forgotten about from last year. They were valiantly trying to grow all crowded in the pot I had bought them in. I thought it was just an empty pot, surprise! I do hope they forgive me for disturbing them after they started growing.
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( May. 15th, 2013 03:22 pm)
First jonquil of the season, last rose? Both beautiful.


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( Dec. 6th, 2012 09:30 pm)

This year's lovely crop of freesia pills. At least so far. Hopefully a few more to come if I remember to harvest them.

there will be moooorre freesias, hurrah.

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( Nov. 21st, 2012 09:50 pm)
I thought I'd let my brand new peach tree keep two fruit this year. Radical. I'm supposed to take them all off. So the first time around I cut many many tiny fruit off. Then a week or so ago I took these six which were hiding under the leaves. Then today I notice there are still 4 left, not the two I was aiming at!

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( Sep. 12th, 2012 07:55 am)
I was thinking yesterday as I took these photos, that it was sad that I felt the need to post pics of all the pretty things rather than simply enjoying them. But then I thought that it isn't a shame, more it doubles the pleasure. Then again there are many layers to enjoy in a posie

-the flowers themselves are beautiful
-I feel pleased that I've helped them grow
-bringing them indoors means I see them more
-I enjoy making pretty arrangments
-taking pics helps one to look harder, then one reviews the pics to find the best ones
-then one can share the pics, hopefully brighten the day of several
-and then I have the pics for later, after the posie has retired honourably to the compost, to feed more flowers later.


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( Aug. 28th, 2012 06:41 pm)
argle blargle. the world is stressy and confusing-so have a slideshow of my first ever attempt at growing hyacinths in vases. 

If I ever try this again, I should get them into stronger light more quickly. They grew too tall and aquired world  sadness


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( Aug. 28th, 2012 06:38 pm)
argle blargle. the world is stressy and confusing- so have a slideshow (hopefully) of my first ever attempt at vase grown hyacinths. It was fun! If I try it again, I need to move them into stronger light more quickly. They grew too tall and aquired world sadness.

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( Aug. 25th, 2012 11:33 am)
So you have been introduced previously to :

Jethro the crab apple tree
Gertrude the morello cherry tree
and Dorcas the damson damsel

Now in the back yard we have:
Luciano the peach tree (it needed to be a luscious name)
Philomela the lemon tree
Xerxes the lime (get it?)
I thought I'd finished but I realised I'd missed the pomegranate, who is now dubbed Figueras

The lemon tree has not been well. I recently realised I hadn't extended my fruit tree naming scheme to the back yard denizens. So maybe having a name will cheer her up. I'm told Philomela means "lover of song". She is surrounded now by singers and songs. Also her name is of course from a song. "Though Philomela lost her love, fresh notes she warbleth, yes again" seems to bode well.

Grow well all and be fruitful.


This is all probably very sad and an indicator of loneliness. Whatever, it makes me happy.

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( Aug. 18th, 2012 05:09 pm)
Both updating the garden and the journal

I had lots of garden plans, then went to the nursery and came up with a bunch more. Surprise.

So I have:
-harvested all the rhubarb so I could-
-dig it up and shift it- to the front bed next to Dorcas* the Damson Damsel**
-planted a dwarf Bonanza peach tree -who now needs a name***
-planted out the hardenbergia cuttings- they don't have much root but they are obviously not dead. Fingers crossed
-planted the new camellia in the end of the front bed next to the rhubarb. I'm pleased, I didn't know one could get scented camellias.
-planted white primula and montana around the camellia and rhubarb. I so love primula!
-planted the wilting vase hyacinths behind Dorcas just in case they resurrect in later years
-drunk a glass of "Son of Jethro", to test it you understand****
-been reminded that the cider is about 9%. Woo Hoo, splat.

Now I'm trying to dredge up the energy to start turning 1.5kg of rhubarb into rhubarb champagne. It's washed at least.

Tomorrow, or possibly later, I need to do a bunch more in the line of garden tidying.

* thanks to DrQ for the name
**who is showing the barest signs of life, hurrah
***maybe the poor lemon and lime need names too?
****I'd now call it drinkable. I think in another month or so it'll be fabulous.
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Christmas in July? Not really, I just tip pruned the bay tree.

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also pruned the roses, popped some lavender in dirt in an attempt to strike it, and picked a few snowpeas to eat with my lunch. I love snow peas but my previous attempts to grow them have been multiply unsuccessful. Apparently I was trying in the wrong season, silly me. I've only got a couple of plants but I'm getting a few peas here and there. I'd like to try for more next year.



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( Jun. 23rd, 2012 02:43 pm)
this chinese lantern bush has put it's vote in for Montjoye to plant more plum trees. It was sitting like this when I popped outside this morning to view the garden and consider planting options. That north wind might have had something to do with it  but really, I'll take it as a vote for more plum trees!

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Said bush is now chopped up in the green bin. Now that garden bed looks really bare.
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( Jun. 18th, 2012 06:22 pm)

-have two newly re-filled teeth. Which would be sore now if it weren't for the power of nurofen. I was out at the dentist for 2 hours but that included 30min drifting about waiting for the anaethetic to kick in.  It was far less traumatic though than the last time one of those teeth was filled and will hopefully make them last me lots more years- oh and stop the intermittent tooth ache. There is more to have done- but nothing is urgent so next appointment is not until August.

-am very pleased. The English Ale I bottled last October has matured- I didn't much like it at the time but I do now! I'm actually running a bit low on homebrew beers. I have <1box each of the English Ale and the slightly different British Ale,  <1doz of the American pale and I can't find any lager at all. So what next? another go at a black lager I expect. I'm still not set up for full grain brewing. I think if I haven't got creative in the meantime, I might buy myself the appropriate urn for my birthday.

-need to make a plum tree decision. I have basically one spot to fill. The ruddy nursery man reckoned damsons can't be any good because people don't buy the trees - so he hasn't ordered any the last few years. Sigh with the non-standard interests- like I buy much at all that is mainstream?  So... I could hopefully get a Damson still if I order one. The other option I am toying with is a Greengage and a D'Agen coplanted. The Damsons are supposed to brilliant for cooking, damson gin etc. Both Peter Cundell and Louis Glowinski think Greengage's are da bomb*. D'Agen is the old french prune plum but also good eating and needed to pollinate the Greengage. Oh dear. I want all three! And other trees.... Any opinions out there? I need to decide soon. I wonder how small one could keep them by judicious pruning? If I got clever, and sacrificed another bush, could I manage all three?

-have committed 425g of raspberries(fresh picked by 'prentice girl but frozen since) to the first stage of making raspberry vinegar- using home made cider vinegar no less. It now needs to sit for 2 days before the next stage. Easy.

-have filled myself up on snacks, bother. I wonder if I'll have room for proper dinner a bit later.

*for eating fresh- but they apparently cook up well too, though without the lovely purple colour of the damson.
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( Jun. 16th, 2012 09:17 pm)
I meant to post these ages ago. You've seen two of them before, but I'm pleased to say the progression, growth, continues. Actually, the latest pic was taken some time ago. I is pleased.


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( Jun. 9th, 2012 02:54 pm)
Just in case you wanted to see- here is Oma's old spice cupboard, now filled with bottles that actually seal. And no, those are not all my spices. I'm just fond of this cupboard and like to keep it in use. I really should take everything out of it again and give it a polish.

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So that flowering plum? Thursday night I went a bit mad and cut off all I could with secateurs. This morning I used the bow saw to take off most of the branches. Then I dug around the roots, cut through them all (eventually) and now it's out! Whew that was hard work. The little jab saw that we bought for cutting the plasterboard for the servery hole came in very handy for sawing through the roots. Thank goodness the wood was quite soft. I need to get back out there, fill in the hole, tidy up and possibly make a few more cuts so the wood is transportable for weaver. Then in a week or so I can dig a different hole and go buy a new tree!

While recouping from the above exertions, I did a spotlight run. This time I failed to get anything on my list, and came home with a totally unrelated item :-)

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( Jun. 6th, 2012 06:58 am)
Yesterday I suddenly remembered I had a bunch of hyacinth bulbs still sitting in my fridge. I've never tried to grow them before but I needed to get them started or they would be all out of season. Several had already started to shoot, even at ~4deg.

I have three varieties, one of each I'm trying in the wierdo but quite traditional manner of growing in a vase. This may or may not work but it'll be very cool if it does. Fingers crossed. The rest are going into pots, except I haven't got enough potting mix, so 4 are barely covered and two are still waiting to be planted. Hopefully I can fix that over the next few days.

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