What happened to autumn???!!!!
With daily temperatures doing a pretty good impression of those expected during mid-summer, I've had to hold back some of my seed-sowing these last weeks. But what did make it into the ground during those precious couple of cool days with a little drizzle (all but a memory now) are braving it out....while the main crop tomatoes and magical aubergines continue to pump out their abundant fruit.
So I'd like to invite you to join me for inTHE KITCHEN GARDEN on SATURDAY 5 MAY. There is much to glean. The support structures have all been built and it's not too late for you to do the same. The brassica family are getting a wriggle on, broad beans are pushing through the earth, lettuces are plumping, fennel is slowly swelling and rocket is pushing to flower....its peppery petals landing on plates....as are delicate parsley thinnings from that flamboyant gesture I made dropping spent flower heads into a long row last month (see instagram post).....in fact....I'm almost tempted to suggest a cooking day!
There will be both a morning and afternoon session at 5 May's Kitchen Gardening, with both groups meeting at the long table for a lovely seasonal lunch. I do hope you will join me for a day filled with practical information, inspiration and food. All details and the booking form here for the morning session and here for the afternoon, and of course, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.
It was terrific to see many a familiar face as well as to meet new friends at last weekend's Collectors' Plant Fair. I'm so looking forward to meeting the winner of the Old School Flower Show, who I understand entered that deep-red/almost black frangipani that was also scented. (Morning tea here with me and a copy of the book for their efforts!). And to all the Historic Houses Association members who came to visit the garden on Saturday evening to end their post-conference tour....you were the icing on the cake in a week that also included India Flint's exquisite workshop; ending with beautiful panels of eco-dyed silk flung to dry over the sturdy branches of the Port Jackson Fig in the afternoon's late sun rays. The next newsletter will contain details for Quiches, Tarts and Flans with Barbara Sweeney on 12 May....I know I'm running behind with details for upcoming workshops....but they're on their way....promise!
Very best wishes to all,
ps Dresses and hats are back in stock but please check with me to see if I have your dress size before placing an order. I can also forward the size chart to you to contemplate (one of these days I'll manage to get it onto the web page!).