Oh what a spring it's been....blossom, roses, poppies, hippies....one thing unfurling after another. I can't keep up with the blooms and the kitchen looks like a flower shop (or that of a mad woman!). As for the perfume, well swoon is all I can say. Yet it's often the less showy, like the tiny, blotched petals of this species pelargonium (discovered at the recent Kariong Plant Lover's Fair) that shine amidst the hysteria - what treasure to have brought home.
Flowers aside, it's been a time of plenty in the Kitchen Garden, with all the winter/spring veg reaching their peak, before being pulled out to make way for the season ahead. On that note, if you'd like to join us, we have just a few places left at SUMMER KITCHEN GARDENING on SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER. It's not too late to plant for summer - indeed I held over our preparation and planting in order to have veg for our Still Life Painting Workshop with Justin van den Berg a couple of weeks ago and it's only now that we're replenishing the beds with our beautiful black compost and building our structures for summer. While I'm mildly panicked, I've learned from experience that it makes little difference to the growth of my summer veg whether I plant (or not) before the first week of November, but I'm itching to get it all in! So come and join us for all the thrill of a newly made seasonal garden - while the excitement is palpable and the delineation and plant-cycle are clear to see, enabling you to learn. Linda and I have so much information to share with you!
Also, COOKING THE GLENMORE CHRISTMAS LUNCH is set for FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER. Why not gather a friend or two and join me for a day of delicious fun and good things to eat? It may change the way you approach your Christmas Day altogether, or at least give you the recipes for a fabulous summer lunch or dinner party - this combination has been a firm favourite of mine for all kinds of celebrations and festivities for years....it's always a popular combination and makes for such a pretty feast.
Last but not least, for all those plant lovers amongst you - I'm really excited to be participating once again in the HARPER'S MANSION PLANT FAIR at BERRIMA this SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER. I thought last year's inaugural fair (run by the National Trust) was the most delightful I've ever attended here and I can't wait for this weekend. Of course, I'll be glued to my stand, so I'd be thrilled for you to come and see me and show me what treasures you discover (and no doubt make me green with envy!).
For all details of Summer Kitchen Gardening and Cooking the Glenmore Christmas Lunch, click here to take you to the Calendar & Bookings page. I've not written many blog posts recently, but you will discover one or two since my last newsletter here. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I'll very much look forward to seeing you either here soon or at Berrima this weekend.
Best wishes as always,
ps I'm toying with the idea of opening for a one-off shopping day in the Barn before Christmas, so watch this space - I'll keep you posted!