Nov 172013

Close up of posy in pottery jug

November Posy

The weather forecasters are promising a drop in temperatures and frosts next week. This will put an end to some of the flowers still soldiering on in the garden, giving their all. We are usually lucky here: we live on a peninsula and so we’re surrounded by the sea; our frosts are mostly light and often late.

I took the opportunity to keep the summer going just a little bit longer and brought some of those flowers into the house.

Tussie mussies

My mum taught me how to make tussie mussies when I was little and I have continued to make them. I make them as a ‘thank you’, for birthday and anniversary presents, to mark the birth of a baby or just because…

I tightly pack and bind flowers, herbs and foliage to give a posy which will delight the eyes and nose.

Collecting and arranging my bounty

I wandered round the garden and collected my bounty. I was amazed at the variety that was available. I always put a single flower in bud at the centre and found a romantic pale pink rose for this.

Posy overhead viewThen I picked the rest of the ingredients: four stems of each. I found mints, rosemary, lavender, thyme, periwinkle, pinks, lemon balm, oregano, Japanese parsley, winter honeysuckle, winter jasmine, camomile, mashua, creeping borage, Californian poppy, yarrow, brassica flowers and fennel. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.

When the weather is warm I make the posy outside and often have bees land on the flowers I have picked. On this occasion it was too cold to stay still outside so I brought my goodies indoors.  I stripped the leaves from the bottom of the stems and then, starting with the rosebud, began tying in the stems. There is a symmetry to the posy as each group of stems are added in turn. Finally I put an outer layer of fennel stems to finish it off.

Usually when I make these posies, I am more discerning about what goes into them – a colour or scent theme or such like,  but this was to extend the summer and had a bit of everything in it.

Porth Llwyd Jug

Posy in pottery jug

I will change the water every day in the little jug it sits in. I love the jug, it’s gorgeous and a gift from Porth Llwyd Pottery from my friend Nina. The posy should last for 2-3 weeks by doing this and in this little corner of North Wales we will still have a little bit of summer.

What do you do to keep summer going in your house?

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Jul 242012

Llŷn Peninsula Cloud Waves looking SW
We had a very nice cloud formation this morning. Air currents had formed these pretty waves in the lower cloud. Here seen above Mynydd Rhiw looking south-west from where we live.

Llŷn Peninsula Cloud Waves looking S
And here looking south in the direction of Abersoch.

Llŷn Peninsula Cloud Waves looking SW
And this slightly further west.

It’s a dull day light-wise but we have some good weather. One of the benefits for us to live on the side of a mountain is that we get a lot of sky to look at. Bendigedig!

 Posted by at 09:41
Jun 182012

Polyculture tarragon in polytunnel

My friend Emma has started Project Nosh to eat as many of the edible plants in her garden before she moves.

One of the plants Emma wants ideas for is French tarragon (artemisia dracunculus). The dracunculus in the Latin name means ‘Little Dragon’, perhaps referring to the teeth like shape of the leaves or its serpent like roots. I promised to blog a recipe for tarragon vinegar so that Emma could take the wonderful warm anise flavour with her.

To find out more about how we grow tarragon and for the recipe please read on. Continue reading »

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May 132012
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Apr 052012

Snowdonia in snow 5th April 2012
Snowdonia was beautiful wreathed in snow this morning as I travelled into town. So I stopped to take some pictures with my iPhone. The panorama extended all the way across Cardigan Bay down to mid-Wales. Glorious and another bonus after yesterday evening’s crepuscular ray sunset.

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Apr 042012

Llŷn Peninsula sunset - Crepuscular Rays April 2012
Today started with high winds and snow. Nasty north-easterly winds that are not usual. So all sorts of things are blown into odd positions. After a few days where we did loads of work outside in shorts and t-shirts, it’s a bit nasty for the plants. In particular we have almond, buckthorn  and peach blossom that may not survive to become fruit. We shall see.

Anyway, we were rewarded with this fleeting sight. A gorgeous sunset with crespucular rays. It really is beautiful here, and we really do appreciate it.

 Posted by at 19:11
Mar 102012

Llŷn Peninsula sunset 10th March 2012
The day started a bit murky here. And certainly further along the coast where we were for the main part of the day, the murk didn’t properly clear. This evening, on the end of the ‘Dragon’s Tail’ that is the Llŷn Peninsula we’re in a bowl of cloud. Facing west, we have this beautiful sunset. A joy to behold.

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Mar 042012
Llŷn Sunset with the Wicklow Mountains

Llŷn Peninsula sunset on our Anniversary

A perfect end of daylight on our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. A gorgeous sunset.

On the horizon on the right you can just see the silhouette of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. They’re a good 60 miles away, so the visibility is good.

We like it here…

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Jan 282012
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Jan 122012

Sunset over Bardsey Island & Llŷn Peninsula 12 Jan 2012A glorious sunset over Bardsey Island & Llŷn Peninsula 12 Jan 2012

On our way back home tonight the sky was alight with the most beautiful colours. We drove down to the Promenade in Pwllheli to take these pictures from the beach. The dark lump to the far left is one of the St Tudwal Islands known for their wildlife.

We often have spectacular sunsets: this was one of the better ones.

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