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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

After Malvern


It's been quite a while since I have posted on any of my blogs - always the case after a Show, when there is much to follow up and DO. Then there has been the garden, here in our Cotswold acre, and a visit down to Devon to the trial grounds of a well-known seed supplier (that's for a future post). Meanwhile, it was so good to meet some of the garden bloggers who stopped by and shivered under the  'Meet at Malvern' gazebo (wasn't it cold !!). One of these days I will sort out who is who and visit your blog/s.

plug plants awaiting potting on

The last few days have been almost too hot to even weed (and there are plenty that have shot up whilst we have been away). Today as it is cooler will see me planting out dozens of young vegetable plants that have spent the days since we returned from the Show under shade netting, soaking up diluted seaweed feed from time to time to keep them 'just so'. Then to complete my 'Malvern Journal' which took shape over the three days we were at the TCAS Showground but has since languished in my art-basket. By rights, this should be posted on my Journaling the Journal blog, but meanwhile, here's a sneak preview of the front and back cover (front at right, back cover, left). I was trying new techniques and working in the motorhome in the evenings - warmer than being on the showground!

page size 4in x 6in; watercolour paper stained with koh-i-nor dyes, 
stencilled text and paper napkin images

And tonight we ate our first ever home-grown cauliflower! It seems ridiculous that, after 40 years of gardening, we have never grown these, thinking them difficult or likely to be riddled with caterpillars. This one in fact was meant to be purple-sprouting broccoli (which has long since sprouted and been eaten). They too were plug plants last summer, planted out to over-winter. This cauli was clearly in the wrong batch in the garden centre; like the ugly duckling, it did not grow tall and beautiful, but survived the snow and weeks of freezing temperatures down to -9C at times. Then last week I noticed the leaves incurving and saw the embryonic creamy curd. It was delicious .... now I must plant some more for late Autumn or early Spring 2011.

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