Another day in the garden today. I have been so very happy to spend all my days in the sun this week. A rhythm I could easily get used too.
Today I had company and I played assistant gardener as well as chief crocheter :)
Alan and I work well together..He is very much a doer and loves nothing better than getting stuck in to any job that needs doing. I have always designed and we then work together to get it off the paper into reality.. Today we did a bit more on the top patio area. We placed some pots near the bench and the BBQ shelf and eventually they will have some bedding plants in to add some colour.
The chimenea has been well used over the last couple of nights but has now been cleaned out and covered til the next use.
The next job was to move what we laughingly call our pond....It is actually a large pot with a few pond plants in but does the job :) A sadly neglected pot/pond but it was quickly cleaned out and filled again and placed near the wall with a large stone at the side so any visiting frogs can get in and out easily:)
I have just to move some pots from near the house they have hostas in and will go around the pot/pond to add interest with their variegated leaves.
Some time ago we found an obelisk like piece of slate as we were clearing a part of the garden and decided to stand it against the wall near the stump of a sycamore tree ( it had to be felled just before we moved in 16 years ago but the stump is still very evident and hard to shift so, rather than spending hours trying to get rid of it we are hiding it. Eventually the shrubs will grow and shield it and the obelisk will add a bit of interest as the shrub softens the edges when it grows.
We also managed to get some plants transplanted from other parts of the garden . All a little sparse at the moment but I will get some colour in the form of bedding plants and in time the shrubs will fill the borders and soften the harshness of our neighbours new fence.
One of the plants we recovered from another part of the garden - where it was being swallowed up by a giant fern and a large clump of montbretia and not shown off to its best - was an Astilbe.
It is a beautiful red almost luminous in certain lights. It should flourish in the sunshine and put on a good show next year..
The Hosta have grown to triffid like proportions this year! Such good value in the garden for texture, colour and so easy to maintain.
Crochet has been worked on and a shepherd's pie has been made ready for tea a couple of nights this week. I also made a deliciously simple corned beef hash for tea. The recipe was given to me 31 years ago when I lived in Helensburgh naval base with Alan - who was in the Navy ;) - by the wife of a submariner who was a chef and apparently made it onboard.
One tin baked beans
One tin tomatoes
One tin of corned beef
one onion chopped small
one clove garlic chopped ( not original I added this in )
Four or five large potatoes ( leave skin on ) cut into chunky pieces
2 beef stock cubes crumbled into *about* 3/4 pint hot water ( bit of a changeable element this one....it doesn't need to cover everything as it will all reduce but it needs to be enough so it doesn't dry up )
1 tbs tomato puree
sprinkle of chilli flakes ( these weren't in the original recipe I added them )
shake of smoked paprika.
Put it all in a casserole, mix well and cover.....put in oven ( in a baking tray in case it boils over ) at about 150 ( fan oven ) cook for a couple of hours then turn up heat and take the lid off for another hour. Keep stirring. It should end up reduced and thick with the potatoes lovely and soft but holding their shape.
Serve with buttered cabbage or crusty bread or both ;))