The Tuesday View: 12th September 2017

The sun came out this afternon after a damp morning, so I was glad I had waited in hope and could take some photos of the Tuesday view in bright sunshine with raindrops glistening everywhere.

The shot above was actually taken whilst balancing on the rock I place my birdbath on, with the pink rose at my feet producing more buds again. If I zoom in we can see the Aster more clearly with the Hypericum and Helianthus behind it.

The next photo is a few steps further to the right, looking down towards the giant Miscanthus at the bottom of the rockery…

Now I have taken a few steps back and am looking towards the pathway that goes down the side of the garden. You can see what a tangle the lovely Clematis tangutica becomes on this large-but-not-large-enough obelisk. I can also detect noticeable brownish-orange tinges to the Acer.

And as we walk down the path and look left, between the Clematis and the Acer we can see my beloved dwarf Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ in front of the giant Miscanthus. Teucrium, Sedum, Perovskia and yellow Potentilla complete the picture.

I wonder what pleasures your garden is bringing as the seasons change. If you would like to join me in posting a view of one part of your garden each week, just leave a link below in the comments so that we can find you.

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Have a lovely week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Late Summer Lusciousness

That blue sky in the first picture below sadly didn’t last beyond midday, but was welcome after a chilly week with plenty of rain and drearier skies. Summer has definitely left, as have most of the swallows, but the garden is still looking quite summery and is clearly reluctant to stop producing lovely flowers. So I am again joiningย Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme. ๐Ÿ˜€

I started off with my Tree of Life vase, which I really wanted to use as the seasons change, and I was intent on filling it! The Cosmos have been lovely these past few weeks, so I picked some of the pale pink ones along with a couple of ‘Picotee’ and ‘Cranberry Double Click’. Pink seems to be the main colour right now, with the small rose flowering once again and the Sedums blushing beautifully. A few went in the vase, along with a couple of the deeper pink Japanese Anemones (‘Serenade’) and some of the various Scabiosa grown in pots this summer. But then this golden Helianthus was shining so brightly I couldn’t resist adding it too. I think it makes the golden centres of the Anemones stand out even better.

The first of these tiny violet Asters are flowering and a sprig actually got trimmed by mistake, so I added that too…

A few white Scabiosa and some of the lovely white Verbena grown as an annual added a few lighter highlights to the arrangement.

I included some of that wonderful Teucrium that has been flowering for months and at this time of year threatens to take over the whole rockery. (Great chunks will be uprooted in winter!)

And of course I just had to use some grasses as well – Miscanthus and Pennisetum.

As autumn apporaches, or spring in the southern hemisphere, do visit Cathy to see what fellow gardeners around the globe are finding to put in their vases this Monday!

The Best Pesto I Have Ever Eaten!

The title of this post refers to the compliment I received from friends who are not vegan, when I served up our homemade vegan basil pesto for dinner recently. I was chuffed, and my Man of Many Talents thought it was time I shared my secret recipe. So here it is!

Vegan Basil Pesto

For 4-6 servings:

  • 3 cups/45 g fresh basil leaves (homegrown is best! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  • 90 g pine nuts (they are expensive, but splash out on the best quality you can find)
  • 15 g cashews
  • 4 level tbsps nutritious yeast (essential for texture and the slight ‘cheesy’ flavour)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (fresh if possible)
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes (the sort that come in a jar, marinated in oil), roughly chopped
  • 1 – 2 tbsps of the sun-dried tomato oil
  • 100 ml of mild olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a mixer until chunky. If the mixture is too thick you can either add a drop more oil or – if it is being eaten the same day – a splash of water to thin it slightly.

Serve over hot pasta and let all that sunshiny flavour tickle your tastebuds! Very good with a tomato salad and a cold drink. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you love basil too? What sorts do you grow and what do you use it for?

The Tuesday View: 5th September 2017

Thanks to those who posted a Tuesday View last week in my absence. I spent a few days in the UK and enjoyed some fabulous weather over the bank holiday weekend in my Mum’s pretty garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

After just a short time away from my own garden I can now see some real change. The view is somewhat disshevelled after some more really hot days took their toll, some real downpours flattened the Perovskia (again!) and now cooler nights are leading to foliage colour fading to yellow. Leaves are beginning to litter the beds and lawn. Yes, autumn is on its way.

What has struck me most this week though is the change in light. On a bright sunny Monday afternoon bursts of sunshine were interrupted with a few moody clouds… Here are a few photos in a slide show, so you can see what I mean.

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Have you noticed the changing season yet? Do share a view if you can, and visit those who are linking in below!

Next week I should have got round to tidying up a bit and hope to show a few close-ups. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a wonderful week!

The Tuesday View: 22nd August 2017

As I took my weekly photo of this particular area of my garden on Monday afternoon, there was a distinct coolness in the air. The sun was much lower in the sky with long shadows from our trees, and the chairs and table down in the garden were in deep shade. I realised that summer really is drawing to an end.

This is a lovely time of year, when the heat is fading and the garden is still thriving, with lots of insects lazily buzzing around…

There is a lot of green, but colour too: the pink rose at the top of this slope is flowering again, and the yellow Achillea and pale pink Potentilla are still flowering…

Looking up the slope, we can see the Hypericum, a few Asters, some remnants of the pink Lychnis and some of the amazing Teucrium (it just goes on and on!) under the Acer tree…

And do you see the tinges of colour on the Sedums?

Right at the bottom of the slope, below the Perovskia, the black plant support contains my tall pink Aster Alma Poetschke. I experimented with the Chelsea chop this year, cutting back this clump at the end of May by about a third, perhaps almost a half. But then I panicked and stopped halfway!

The clump is far too big for this support now anyway, so we will see if the shorter stems flop when they flower. If not, I might remove the support altogether and prune them at the same time next spring again.

Observing this view intensely this year I have often been pleasantly surprised at how well it has done, but I have also noticed where there is room for improvement, i.e. a spot or two which need a new focal point. I hope it has helped those who have joined me too! If you would like to share your Tuesday View, just leave a link below so we can find you.

Before I go, here is last year’s Tuesday View, also photographed yesterday afternoon, with the Perovskia and red rose flowering well and a new white Sanguisorba (Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba ‘Albiflora’) in front of the rose and lavender bush. It has become a favourite!

Have a lovely gardening week!

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P.S. I will not be here to post my usual view next week, so see you in a fortnight.

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In a Vase on Monday: A Thousand and One

This is my 1001st post! So to celebrate I have made a vase guaranteed to produce a smile or two.

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It is full of summery loveliness from my garden, and was actually inspired by this vase which I made at the end of last week to use some of the poor anemones battered by rain and wind…

The Anemones don’t last long in a vase though, so I tried to recreate the look yesterday and took it a bit further. I included:

Japanese Anemones; Perovskia; a grass that may be an early flowering Miscanthus; pink, red and white Cosmos; Golden Rod; yellow Achillea; purple Linaria; Stipa gigantea; Heuchera flowers.

This is the grand August finale, as I won’t be here next Monday and the week after that will be September already. Can you believe how quickly summer has flown by?

Now go and visit our lovely host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, with her gorgeous Dahlias and links to many other beautiful and inspiring vases from around the world!