February arrived and went! What is going on with time..... is there a wormhole that I just went through and popped out into March.....
If you are looking to add some more roses to your garden, now is the time to order online. Here is a link to get you started Treloar Roses
Treloar Roses are a reputable rose grower and have been operating for more than 50 years. It's important to know, when your rose arrives in the mail, it will be guaranteed 2 years old and the right variety. Hands up if anyone has ever purchased a bare rooted rose from well known hardware stores or supermarkets with the photo on the packet, but when it actually comes in to flower there is no resemblance to what you thought you purchased.
So annoying when doing a row of one variety!!!
Bare rooted roses are a great way to get the ones that you want and a cheaper option than potted up ones. For those that don't know what a bare rooted rose is... it's a rose that has been dug up by specialist rose growers during it's dormant period ie. winter - bagged up in in a sawdust mix and posted to your door. I have fallen in love with this stunner "Elina" it's in the WFRS Hall Of Fame!!! A great cut flower (long tea rose shape), soft lemony colour that fades to a cream. Need to let you know that it is not a big scent rose for those of you that love a strong smelling rose. The best thing of all, Elina blooms continuously right through summer and autumn. NO BLACKSPOT EITHER! Which means no spraying and more time to do other things like pick beautiful stems of flowers to put in a vase.
As you can tell I am a big big fan.
Remember these ginormous sunflowers!
Chooks now enjoying a special treat! I have hung a few around the place for the local birds to nibble at.
Next season plant a few and watch as the passing bird traffic increases.
Isn't this such a special sight........Salvias just look perfect against the Elina rose. We literally sit 4 feet away where a whole myriad of nectar feeding birds visit these salvias. Salvias come in a big range of colours..... blue, mauve, reds, pinks, cerise, orange and even white. They thrive in hot sunny spots and don't need a lot of water, which is so important with all the hot spells we have been having. Our borrowed garden has a least 8 different varieties so when one is finishing it's flush another starts.
Tag team flowering.....
Now......I'm going to have a bit of a brag and show you a photo of some of the tomatoes that we have cropped. Tonight on the menu is my favourite Italian Tomato soup that I always make at this time of the year.
The night before a very simple Caprese salad to go with a bbq'd lamb rack. Do you know how incredible it is to pick tomatoes (popping a few in the mouth along the way) that are still warm from the afternoon sun.
I am so in the moment.....
In my whizz thing I threw in a bunch of fresh herbs, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tbls dijon mustard, a drizzle of olive oil, s&p...whizz to a paste and slap it on the rack. Sip on some red wine while listening to the frogs and sizzling lamb.
Prep time 10 minutes.... cook time on the bbq about 45 minutes (we like ours nice and pink)
I have become one of those "get up early" types of people, (is it age??) I just love my mornings, the wet dew on the grass and Pierre coming into the house all wet and soggy ( I can't believe I am romanticising this part). The last few mornings there has been a slight nip in the air, a softer morning light and soft wispy mist weaving it's way amongst farm sheds.
Such a beautiful sight.....
How do your mornings start? With a bang.....commuting, kids? Or do you manage to squeeze in some "me" time first thing in the morning........