SILENT SUNDAY

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FLOWERS OF PRUNUS LAUROCERASUS (cherry laurel, common laurel, English laurel

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IN BLOOM

Yesterday I noticed my mini apple tree was comming into bloom, it’s only buds so far but I expect the first flowers to open tomorrow.

Last year it only had a few blooms and no apples at all, this year it is completely covered in buds so I am hopefull.

This small apple tree is ideal for small spaces and can even be grown in a pot on your balcony, you can even make a hedge when you put a few in a row. The one I have is called ‘minitree Redlane’ and it doesn’t need another apple tree to get fruit.

But cos they are so pretty I bought another one last year, it had pretty white flowers last year and no apples but this year I can’t see any buds…maybe next year hey !

The Redlane has pretty dark pink buds.

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MINI APPLE TREE REDLANE

Have a great week you all and don’t work too hard, enjoy the outside. Thanks for visiting, it’s much appreciated.

Please feel free if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help you if I can.

 

IF YOU LIKE TO MAKE SOUP

If you like to make your own soup there is one ingredient you really need to give your soup a taste boost and that is LOVAGE (levisticum officinale), by preference fresh lovage but you can dry it too for Winter as it disappears in late Autumn with the first frost. It is a tall herb, grows up to 2 meters high but you can keep it small by cutting off the highest stalks, new shoots keep comming up and they are the ones you use. When you buy it in Spring in a plantshop it looks like nothing and it is small, you can never guess it will grow 2 meters  (6 to 7 feet)in a short time. You don’t need much of it, best is you do some experimenting and see what amount of it you like. I use a leaf about 25 cm ( about 10 inches) for 2 liters (half a gallon) of soup.

When I was working in the garden this afternoon I saw my lovage was comming up, the first thing I did was cutting the biggest piece for my stew, you can use it for all sorts of recipe’s of course but using it in soup is magic for your soup. It does get flowers, yellow flowers on a huge stalk but I always cut them cos they take a lot of power from the plant.

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Have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves in the garden if it is warm enough for you !

Look what is growing in my garden.

We had lots of storms and huge amounts of rain and hail, thunder and lightening lately but once in a while for a short time the sun comes out and the sky is blue so when I went to the garden in a sunny spell I found that my herb garden was on the grow again and already useable. Yes !!!

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ALLIUM SCHOENOPRASUM  (chives)

Chives also gets eddible flowers.

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PETROSELINEUM CRISPUM (parsley)

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ALLIUM URSINUM (ramson)

This herb gives pretty white eddible flowers who stay on the plant for a long time, the leafs are used in salads, soups and on sandwiches. After flowering it disappears underground until next Spring.

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MELISSA OFFICINALIS (lemon balm)

You can make a nice tea with the leafs only and it really tastes like lemon tea, it also has a calming effect. You can use it also in black or green tea when you are out of lemons to use. It  gives cute little white flowers but the plant loves to take over your garden, to avoid that you’ll have to cut the flowers before they’ll drop their seeds. But the plant can be easily removed where it is not wanted.

Have a great weekend all.