I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food, and for the most part have no interest in flowers as edibles, but I decided to try making candied heartsease to decorate a chocolate cake for a garden party with a friend this past week.
The bowls contain egg whites and sugar. The paint brush turned out to be more of a hindrance for me. It seemed to be easier to just coat them with my fingers! Make sure all of the petals get coated with eggwhite. Then sprinkle them with sugar, and lay them on the parchment paper to dry.
Once they dried I cut the stems off...
The garden seems to be constantly changing. No sooner do I write a new post here, I go outside again and there is another new flower that I missed with the camera earlier!
My new David Austin "Crocus Rose" has its first flowers now. I really hope it will survive the winters here!
The annuals are starting to take over the garden in earnest now...
A picture taken while standing at the back of the garden...getting there was abit of a challenge!
The foxgloves are now past their prime, but this is still one of my favorite garden spots right now.
This is the first time this 4 year old lavender plant has bloomed!
Progress on the new garden...
Buckwheat starting to come up!
The vegetable garden is starting to look good with the pumpkins growing faster than I can believe! I think we might even get a few cucumbers within a week or so, despite the beetles which are still a problem. We've also been enjoying broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes. Peas will be ready very soon.
Those who know borage better than I do will probably laugh, but I was shocked when the first flower on one of my plants opened a lovely shade of pink! I was surprised again the next morning when the same flower had started turning blue, and by afternoon was all blue! On closer observation, it seems that most of the flowers open this way!
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading. I also blog for Heirloom Gardener.