Summer days.

16 Jun

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Summer’s here and how lovely it is. Lots of Strawberries from the polytunnel…eaten with sourdough pancakes and chocolate sauce for breakfast.

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Lots of Broad Beans from Autumn sown seeds in the polytunnel. This was from only a few plants. Next crop of these will be outdoors as they take up valuable space under cover for far too long.

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A very sociable time podding them round the kitchen table…with a nice cup of tea of course. The mug with the B is mine and the hands are my Mothers. She is visiting with us at the moment to celebrate her birthday. She was 78 on Saturday.

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Everything in the garden and indeed the whole countryside is looking very lush right now. Perfection in Nature as we head towards Solstice and the longest day.

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Speaking of perfection…isn’t the blue of this Iris just perfection itself. Love this colour! So vibrant!

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Clematis Annabel flowers near the back door.

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This Tree Lupin is much loved by the bees. I’m chuffed with this as it’s one I grew from a seed. They do grow fast once they get going.

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Myself and the Bees are also fond of this tall Valerian which self seeds everywhere. It has a lovely subtle sweet scent. Don’t know if it has the same herbal properties as the lower growing Valerian…anyone out there know?

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As we bask in the warm embrace of Summer there’s much to do. Long days working outdoors…growing,  preserving and of course eating Nature’s bounty. Time too to enjoy the wonder and beauty of it all…

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21 Responses to “Summer days.”

  1. Catherine C June 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Great pics and great work done. Happy Birthday to your Mum x

    • bridget June 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      We’ve certainly worked hard over the last year…mainly taking stuff out. Now it’s time to put back what we want.

  2. charlieeasterfield June 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Wonderful post, Bridget! Do you have any of the red valerian? Enjoy your mum’s visit! x

    • bridget June 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Don’t have any of the red…tried it a few times but it never took for me. Enjoy the sunshine!

  3. Beth @ PlantPostings June 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I’m about to head out for a meal and your food photos are increasing my appetite. Yum! Your garden looks beautiful in early summer!

    • bridget June 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Hope you had a lovely meal.

  4. Jennwith2ns June 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Beautiful! What’s a polytunnel?

    • bridget June 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

      A plastic covered structure for growing produce in…mainly crops that need to have more heat such as tomatoes and cucumber.

      • Jennwith2ns June 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

        Oh, I see. Like a makeshift greenhouse? My husband is always trying to create his own version of same. 🙂

  5. cindyricksgers June 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Lovely! Looks like you’re a couple weeks ahead of us. Thanks, Bridget!

  6. Eliza Waters June 17, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    Your pancakes make me drool, they look so tempting! Your gardens are so lush and that blue iris is a stunner. I believe the valerian is the same, as I understand it, the root is dried and ground for a relaxing tea.

  7. beekeeperwife June 17, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    It is such a lovely time of the year and does not seem like hard work at all.

  8. puppiesinparadise June 17, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    i hope that your mom had a happy birthday! The garden looks beautiful. it is sooo lush and green. That looks like a nice harvest of broad beans. I don’t think that I have ever ate them before. Thanks for sharing.
    Honey

  9. elaine June 17, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Your strawberry breakfast is pure luxurious indulgence – a perfect early morning feast. Your garden is certainly looking lovely right now – I bought a white Valerian this year, although it is called something different on the label, I do hope it self-seeds everywhere. It’s a great time of year that’s for sure.

  10. Anne Wilson June 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Garden is looking good, the Valerian that you have is Valerian officinalis, this is the one with the herbal properties, the fresh juice of the roots are used for a calming effect, the small similar looking one is Marsh Valerian, no herbal properties that I know of. Red or White Valerian ( Centranthus Ruber) has no herbal properties although the young leaves can be used in a salad after they have been boiled to remove the bitterness.
    Did you used the tips of the broad bean plants as a Spinach substitute?

    • bridget June 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      No I did’nt Ann. I pinched them out ages ago to bush out the plant. Pretty happy with the yield, big bucket of beans from not many plants. Thanks for info on Valerian.

  11. KerryCan June 18, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    How wonderful to see your hard work paying off! It’s such a fine time of year, and each day is precious (because we know winter, come she will!)

  12. crabandfish June 20, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I love your cottage and summer garden Bridget. We are beginning our deep winter chill here on the Mount, but each season is beautiful – enjoy your strawberries and your mum’s company!
    Flavia

  13. Willowarchway June 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Your place is looking so lovely !

  14. Pam's English Garden June 21, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Perfection indeed, Bridget. I’m very impressed with your produce. We have just enough strawberries for pancakes this morning … you motivated me! P. x

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