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Dessert apples - glut!

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:22

If you have some mint, sage or rosemary left try cooking them down with a herb. put into a large pan, cover with water and simmer until soft. then strain through muslin or jelly bag (jamjarshop.com for full herb jelly recipe) measure the juice and add equal quantity of sugar to juice ie 500g to 500ml, simmer until it reaches setting point and then pour into sterilised jars. Yum! Brilliant with the sunday roast

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 16:09

What a beautiful idea, lots of work for mum though! I dont think you can get small varieties of gerberas, but they do come in fab colours and theyre not too big, so you might get away with them. I am really lucky to have Little Brook fuchsias literally just up the road from me and Carol sells her small but sturdy plants in 3" pots (sq not round though) and some I bought the other day already have flowers on so they will definitely flower by June. Do you have such a nursery near by for plants? I thought eschalonia was a shrub?Californian poppies can grow quite big, up to 4 foot apparently. Although I would think most things will stay fairly "dwarf" in a small pot, a bit like bonsai trees? Dwarf Phlox sounds lovely too and would have scent. And of course there is heliotrope which comes in blues and purples, the common one has the most delicious scent - like cherry pie, which is their nickname. I think if I were you, I would be cheeky and ring some professional growers for tips, plus to see if I could get a deal on plug plants. Jersey plants direct do lots of plugs as do T&M and Suttons, and loads of others but jersey plants are the only ones with gerbera plugs. All this AND looking fab as mother of the bride! Sounds like you relish a challenge

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 08:16

How exciting! You dont mention a particular colour scheme or if the plants are to be grouped or spread around. Also, are you growing them outdoors or in a greenhouse? Depending on where you can grow them I would consider marigolds, gerberas, dahlias, calendula, pansies, violas, geraniums, fuchsias, and for a bit of greenery here and there, hostas. I would also look at some wedding sites for ideas of what the professionals are doing to borrow a few ideas too

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