Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mega Lily Lives!

The Cardiocrinum Giganteum I got last year survived the winter. Now these can take a lot of cold and the winter was very mild, but it was wet. I protected  it a bit my putting a upturned pot over it to keep some of the direct rain off. Now it looks like the main bulb actually did not make it but two offsets are now coming into leaf. This probably means I'll have to wait even longer before it flowers but at least it is still alive.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Growth Report Aloe Polyphylla

First off I'd like to apologize for not blogging for so long here. I was utterly distracted by my other blogs and after all it was winter and not much was happening. What a winter though, while the polar vortex was blasting America, winter over here has been exceptionally mild. Which is why my Aloe Polyphylla have been spending all winter outside and they seemed to love it.

Last year I lost my large Polyphylla to a single drop of water in the crown. But having them outside makes them much more resistant. As  you can see I keep them angled but I can assure you some rain has gotten to them. But they don't seem to mind. Being outside also keeps them strong, as you can see when I bought my new big Aloe it was all pale and flabby.

It has done some good growing, so good in fact that I think I'll repot it again this year. With a little bit of luck I should be seeing that lovely spiraling pattern this year.

In comparison the smaller Polyphylla looks tiny. But if you see how tiny it was to begin with, I'm quite happy.

Friday, 23 August 2013

David Austin Standard Roses

Years ago my grandmother had standard roses in the garden, Queen Elizabeth I think. But these roses withered and the only thing left were the wild runners that would shoot up from time to time. So this year we put in three new lovely standard roses. I chose soft colours with an emphasis on reblooming and exceptional fragrance. These are the roses I planted. All are from David Austin.

The Pilgrim:

A rather fetching filled flower with a pure yellow heart that gets paler towards the outside of the flower. It has a nice almost citrus toned fragrance. The flowers are medium sized but there are a lot of them.

Lady Emma Hamilton, is perhaps my favourite of the three. It has the strongest fragrance which is intensely rosy. But the colour is the most stunning thing. It is an fetching orangy apricot fading to a lighter pinkish hue that contrasts with the dark red buds and fresh foliage.

Finally the spectacularly blousey Abraham Darby. It just finished flowering so I will update this post once the new flush of buds has opened.

I think I might stick a couple more roses next to these once bare root season has started.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Meet My New Blog: Cooking With Gifs

I'm starting a new blog writing recipes and demonstrating them with homemade GIFs. You will  often find stuff harvested from the allotment there. I'm posting my first post here as well. This recipe features one of my many many yellow courgettes. The adress is .

Great for getting rid of a glut, Courgette Spice Cake makes for a moist almost fudgy cake fragrant with warm spice. You will need:

  • 250 grams of courgette

  • 2 eggs

  • 300 grams of sugar

  • 125 ml neutral oil

  • Half a tsp of salt

  • Half a tsp of Baking powder

  • extra pinch of Baking soda

  • 2 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

  • 1 pinch of cardamon

  • Break eggs and mix

    Grate your courgette

    Add all your ingredients together

    Fold without over-mixing

    Add anything you might have forgotten ;)

    About an hour in oven at 175

    Ps, just a small disclaimer. This blog is going to be heavy in GIFs, big GIFs, long GIFs. Watching this with sluggish internet is just not going to be a pleasant experience. Bring on the hyperspeed!