The first day of Summer calls for a wander in the garden don't you think.........
Wandering amongst the plants always makes me remember reading a lovely nostalgic saying from Audrey Hepburn -
"To plant a garden
is to believe in tomorrow"
I have lived here now for just over 6 years and no truer words could be spoken when I look around at the abundant gardens we have established.
Each year during Winter I cut back the "Vibernums" at my back door to let in more light. Here they are shooting again so they can provide shade to my kitchen window from the western sun as Summer arrives. Another couple of weeks and they will be as tall as the guttering.
Some of the new pineapples forming. I planted 12 pineapple tops a couple of years ago and now have a crop that continues producing for me without any cost ....... Pick a pineapple - plant the top back in the soil for the next year.
Down in the orchard, the Tamarillo (tree tomatoes) are just ripening. Tamarillos add such a sweet, fruity zing to a fresh salad and can make the most divine drink for a hot day.
- 4 tamarillos
- 2 teaspoons stevia powder
- sparkling mineral water or soda water
Halve tamarillos and scoop out as much flesh as possible. Puree in a blender or food processor or pass through a sieve. Mix with sugar to taste. Fill three or 4 glasses with ice, pour over some puree and top up with chilled soda or mineral water.
And this year is dawning to be the best ever year for our grapes. Only 1 grape vine but it stretches for nearly 15 metres along the support fence at the rear of the orchard. It is literally covered with fruit. I am on the hunt now for the best way to preserve most of it. I have never made grape juice/wine but I am sure my friends over at the Down to Earth forum will steer me in the right direction.