Shrinking Violet

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Good idea to check fruit cages regularly for birds

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 16:11

Yes - I gave up with a fruit cage for that very reason - though I might reconsider green netting if future (good tip).

Surprisingly, the redcurrants (which were loaded this year) were ignored by the birds and I had a full crop (jelly made, lots of berries in the freezer for future use).  But the blackcurrants were attacked regularly, and I had less than a couple of pounds from two bushes!  Obviously the birds have discerning tastes.  Come to think of it, they predominantly left the raspberries alone as well.  Perhaps it is a matter of colour of the fruit .

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:01

I bought some seeds from Poundland (well, at that price, it's worth having a go!) and the packet says "Balsam Camellia".  Rather an odd name, and nothing I can find in my RHS books.

But, just like your pictures, Rebecca, it's quite a spectacular plant, and is doing very well.  The packet says it will flower from June to October - so it will be nice if there is still some colour on it in the early autumn.  I shall certainly grow it again.

Something burrowing in my greenhouse

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 14:59

Depends on how close one is to parts of the NW David - I was told that there are still, after all these years, parts of Cumbria where the sheep are affected by the Chernobyl fall-out!  Don't know if it's true - it could (knowing the person who imparted that to me) just be a big wind-up.  But . . .

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 14:53

Oh all right, Dove, if you insist!  I'll make some icecream at the weekend and give it a go.  Depending on resultsh I'll passh on the outcome!!!

Also like the idea of cherries in kirsch.  Never tried that before, but there's always a first time.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 22:20

Which reminds me that I have the damsons (that had been steeped in the gin last year) in the freezer.  I read somewhere that they were good with icecream.  Full of good intentions, I meant to try it, but forgot!  Anyone else done that?  Or shall I defrost them, and be a guinea pig (all in the sense of pure altruism, of course )


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 23:39

I also think it's a case of fasciation.  I had a foxglove the other year that was quite spectacular in its flattened form.  I hoped it was something rather special, and had visions of a new strain of Digitalis Violetus being all the rage.  No such luck!

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:50


Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:49

Sorry - should have said 8oz sugar!


Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:41

A recipe that works even for orange-flavoured anything haters like me!  (Remember the ad a few years ago?  There was a sexy Frenchman who seduced the woman at the dinner table with his eyes and a glass of orange liqueur.  This recipe is Frenchman-free, but infinitely cheaper!)

Cut the peel of 10 medium oranges into eight sections and place on a baking sheet.  Heat in the oven at the lowest setting for several  hours until hard and brittle.

Place the peel in a wide-necked glass jar and pour in about 75cl gin to cover.  If necessary, remove some of the peel or add more gin to ensure that the gin covers the peel.  Seal the jar and leave in a dark place for six weeks, shaking the jar several times a week.

Put the sugar and 1/2pt water in a pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and leave until cold.

Strain the peel and gin through a nylon sieve, pressing the peel lightly with the back of a wooden spoon.  Add the syrup to the orange gin, then strain through muslin.

Pour into small bottles and seal.  Store in a cool place for two months before serving as a liqueur.



A Senior Moment.

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 19:41

OMG - this thread had made me laugh out loud!  I identify with so many of the posts!

There was a time when I would raise my eyes to the heavens in desperation at mother who had "lost" something (usually the glasses that had been pushed up on to her head) and think that she was really going downhill.

These days, I raise my eyes to the heavens and say "sorry, mum" because I now understand the condition!


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