What a thrilling time of year! Despite it being so very dry compared with the last few springs, there is some new treasure in which to bask each morning....(and gosh that light sprinkling from above yesterday morning was a godsend).
One such delight I am very much anticipating is the first flowering of the Dog Rose, r.canina, which Anthia specifically asked me to plant in her little Physic Garden here for the
hips which follow the flowers. Some of you will laugh as yes, it's most probably one of the wild ones that grow hereabouts in paddocks....but no-one is absolutely sure....and it took me some time to track down a grower to send me a bare-rooted one last year! Wouldn't it be simply perfect if it sent out its first blooms for our HERBAL GARDEN WORKSHOP with ANTHIA KOULLOUROS here on SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER?
There are still some places available and I just can't tell you how informative and fun these workshops with Anthia are. You can discover all the details and the booking form here, and of course we would both be thrilled to see you on the day.
Also coming up are the last two inTHE KITCHEN GARDEN WITH MICKEY workshops for 2017. Goodness these 'last Saturdays of the month' have been popular this year (and of course I'll continue them next) but I'd love to see you here either on SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER or SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER to talk spring hangers-on and summer veg.
If you've already attended one of the days this year, you're bound to have met our lovely 'local' Lesley, who has attended the morning session each month, and declares her growing has never been more successful......hopefully proof that I'm imparting valuable information! And while Lesley may be local, I think I can now just about list participants from every district in NSW (as well as interstate), along with many an urban or suburbanite looking for information on growing (as well as a day in the country air, home made cakes, seasonal lunch....what a challenge for you know who, but it seems to work!). I love our days and the wonderful mix of people who come along - my old interior design byline 'beach, town, country' seems to have crossed over into Kitchen Gardening at Glenmore. Anyway....all details of those morning and afternoon sessions are here.
And last but not least for now, our sneaky OPEN GARDEN! I wasn't going to open this year but have had so many enquiries, that when I hatched the plan with MATILDA DUMAS for an exhibition of her dynamic abstract landscapes on 4 & 5 NOVEMBER, it seemed the perfect opportunity. So while we may not have the tempting cakes and stalls of recent openings, we will have Til, painting en plein air, (which is even better) and her vibrant paintings hanging in the Dairy, drawing together the Borders on one side and Kitchen Garden on the other; making for such a special exhibition as well as a memorable visit to to Glenmore. We are so excited and I very much hope you will take the opportunity to call in during the course of the weekend. Elderflower cordial on tap, the Barn open and Til's fabulous works for sale. You can see all the details here.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
With very best wishes as always,
ps Some of you have been asking where to eat during the Exhibition Weekend. Please watch this space - I'm just talking with the lovely girls at Epicure in Camden to see if they might be able to rustle up a picnic box or two for you to pre-order. I'll let you know when I have more details. (Without Epicure, I wouldn't have access to delicious Pecora Dairy Cheese or Pepe Saya Butter). It was such a good idea to ask them Honey Atkinson!