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Bressingham Gardens autumn colour

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 19:09

Bressingham Gardens autumn colour

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 19:05

The rich autumn colours and wonderful contrasts and textures of The Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 17:57

Hello folks - we're back   We've had a simply lovely day - the gardens were marvellous - soooooo much better than when we went in the spring - and there was only one shower of rain and as luck would have it were were down by the thatched summerhouse in Foggy Bottom, so we sat there and looked at the beautiful vista while listening to the raindrops plip plopping in the pond.

The Under Gardener really liked the gardens as well as the steam engines etc, and a good lunch of home made pasties and chips with good coffee, and later on some ice creams, went down very well indeed 

I took hundreds of photos - I'll post some later - supper's nearly ready ...

Strange beetle

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 17:46

Sounds a bit like one of the ichneumon wasps - harmless to us and our gardens.  They parasitise other insects. 

Was it anything like this? 

What did this?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:54

Enriched with bonemeal maybe?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:24

Lovely photos from both of you.  

Amazing rainbows here this morning - sunny spells and showers - think sensible shoes and a waterproof jacket are the order of the day for Bressingham.

We've had our dippy eggs and toastie soldiers for breakfast; all is washed up and a piece of gammon and some veg are in the slow cooker - they'll be ready for this evening's supper. 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:44

Thought Ore was amazing - talk about twinkle toes! He was soooooo light on his feet!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:37

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Sitting in bed waiting for second coffee and wondering whether the weather will be fair enough to make a visit to Bressingham worthwhile ... Free entry with RHS card and I want to look at the grasses in Foggy Bottom. OH will like the grasses too, and well both enjoy the Gallopers and icecream 

Hosta, hibernation won't start until leaf fall so they can build their nests, but maybe your hoggie brood have reached the age where they're making their own way in the world. Maybe a couple of other feeding stations around the place? Maybe down by the big oak? Hedgehog adults are remarkably unsociable creatures and will see each other off if they meet up outside the mating season. 

Have a good day and go you steady with that rock ((hugs))

Last edited: 09 October 2016 08:39:01

Autumn colour.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:37

I love the tall ones - one of the first flowers I ever grew after a chap in the village gave me a clump of rusty-red ones when I was still at primary school.  I walked past his house and garden every day and he'd tell me when to rub out the side buds to get bigger blooms and what else to do.

I had rusty-red chrysanths  at my wedding for buttonholes and decoration in the church (December wedding).  Just love the smell of chrysanths.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:16

I use the fruit of the chaenomeles (japanese quince) in cooking as I can't always get culinary quinces.  They're not quite as good but perfectly acceptable  They don't ripen in a conventional way - they do stay hard and yellowish until they've been really frosted, but you can still use them.  They add flavour and fragrance to a dish

I cut them in quarters (using a sturdy knife) and put them inside a pheasant or guinea fowl to be pot-roasted.  Surround the bird with quartered ripe apples and chunks of celeriac, cover the breast with streaky bacon and roast in a covered heavy casserole or slow cooker.  When it's all cooked I mash the quinces into the cooking juices and then strain to make a sauce/gravy with the addition of a drop of draught cider.


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