What a week for posts, dearest reader, so many posts, so little reason. What? Like hope these posts shall spring eternal. Well, actually this might be it for a while. I’ve burned through all the recipe ideas I had and there isn’t much else to do but eat them. I just thought, since there is a new addition to my Vegetable Medley Pasta Sauce, all found via the hyper-link, we’d have a bit of a natter. Firstly, I love this keyboard, you can’t see me typing, but I am content in my travels across the letters. A happy hand writes better posts. Not really, but it’s better then correcting a wealth of typos. Second, I tried the pasta sauce and it’s a vast improvement on just butternut. There was a slight sweetness that was lacking before, a little more complexity of taste. With all this odd weather an extra hit of vegetables in a meal isn’t going to go amiss. We can safely call it a success.
I had a butternut to use up, a few straggling carrots and a slight surplus of sweet potato so I decided to try something new. I roasted all the ingredients for the pasta sauce this time around. There are roasted vegetable soups, so this is hardly ground breaking. Still, it brings out a sweetness that isn’t there with just boiled vegetables. You do need a little more vegetables due to shrinkage. I’ve added all this to the page listed above. It’s all really simple.
I had a delivery today, of new bulbs. I’ve bought some later blooming bulbs. Crocosmia George Davison, Begonia Scent of Angels, Nerine Bowdenii Mixed. I’m still waiting on George Davison, but since they’ll be planted later n the year it doesn’t really mater all that much. I have also been buying cheaper bulbs, but I felt like being bit extravagant. I love the idea that they’ll just continue to grow and multiply. I just realised I’ve been ignoring the title. Shameful, you should apologise. What?! Me? I’m ever wrong. Don’t be silly.
If the garden has taught me anything it’s that there’s very little in perfection. One small flaw and the whole thing is a failure. Perfectly aligned borders, properly placed plants, that isn’t what nature is. It’s a hodgepodge of colour, vibrant, loud, often-times obnoxious. I do try to keep things neat as I can, bu if I only focused on exactness I’d lose out on so much. A perfect ring of flowers is lovely to look at, but even if it’s crooked as ram’s horn it’s still a pretty bunch of flowers. I’ve been cleaning up our front garden. Sinking pots to contain bulbs, which will be surrounded with small border flowers, that way hey don’t get lost or damaged and you can be sure that the flower’s roots won’t damage any bulbs. It’s incredible how many planters you end up with. Pots strewn about from every corner. That’s why I love the bag planters. So easy to organise. I might not look it, but I do like an element of order in my chaos.
One problem with the corner garden was that the plant, painted sage to be exact, was too large and ran over the edge. I was going to put a board down to keep it clean, but instead I decided to sink a long planter. I will get a few more and do the rest, it might need a pot on either end to finish. Once all this is done, I’ll clean it up, pop down a few bulbs in the planters and wait for the seeds I’ll be growing to germinate. Small ones this time, I swear.
There were white lilies in the centre, well, around it. I dug out the babies and spread them all over the middle. Then on the outside is a mix of small colourful flowers, each with a different colour. Let me check my notes, they’re: Peacock Orchid Acidanthera, Sparaxis Tricolour, Triteleia Laxa, Oxalis Deppei Iron Cross. The names don’t mean much to me, but it never hurts to know. I hope it’ll all turn out nicely. You can be certain I’ll be keeping you updated, whether or not you want me to. Until next time.