Sunday, 17 July 2011
I'll come quietly Occiffer......
Also, as a talking-point in the same photo, my caribbean Sweet Potato plantlets are beginning to show signs of growth, and it's the first time I've ever attempted to grow these. They were expensive to buy, so I was tempted to buy another four today at half price, to 'take a punt on', in the hope that they'll come good before the end of year frosts. I should plant them in the soil of the greenhouse, to extend their life me thinks to be on the safe side.
I own a number of excellent gardening books (surprise surprise) and I did refer to my book on growing flowers to dry this weekend on account of the fact that I've got a shed-load of Poppy Seedheads (none of which I've sown at all) and I thought it'd be silly to waste them. The Poppies have been much admired by old and young peeps that came to our Open Garden Day at the end of June, and it is only just now that I read: "Even the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), named for the drowsiness produced by its extracts, has been used for arranging on occasions. Although it cannot legally be cultivated without a licence, it is still found growing in cottage gardens or in the wild and the seeds, which contain no drug, are used for decorating bread and cakes. I'm still in shock, obviously.... (See Wellie make loads of bread and cakes in the next few months!!) Have YOU ever been arrested Children?!
I made Trousers laugh yesterday. He was being A Grumpy Old Man in the sitting room, and I'd been shelling peas in the conservatory with the cat (as you do....) and it suddenly occurred to me that it'd be a waste to chuck the pods away. The redundant pea pods were suddenly destined to become my first ever Home Brew, namely Pea Pod Wine, (pods frozen till sufficient quantity collected)
Picture the scene Kids..... with a glass or two of Pinot Grigio on board already, my very Pooh Bear brain beginning to kick in, and Wellie just bursts out laughing. With my humour never readily impressing the cat, I tripped into the sitting room, and proudly announced to Trousers that I'd thought of a fab name for my first Funny Farm Country Wine: (Drum Roll......) : NO PEA GRIGIOT ! I thank you.... see Wellie curtsey, catching thrown bouquet of flowers, and kissing her cat on the head.X
I posted today a Thank You card to Storming Norman, because I've appreciated his time and effort in identifying his thoughts, comments and suggestions regarding The Village Produce Show.
That said and done now, I must put my own expenses in to tally the books for The Treasurer, and then The Show can be put to bed for 2011.
Go out there and sow the last of your Perpetual Spinach, Beetroots and all that kind of stuff this week, because if you put it off any longer, children, there will be tears before bedtime.
My time for bedtime now. Thank you so much for listening. Have a great week, and hopefully, if I'm spared, I'll see you here again next Sunday.