The development of a new garden. A garden makeover from yew hedges flowers veg sowing growing planting and a new orchard. The extending of Springdale and improvements. The development of our new business: the scone station
This is to be a record of the development of the garden and fields at Springdale.
It will probably be quite a slow process but nonetheless very satisfying and rewarding. Please pop back from time to time to see our progress!
The Rosette Apple – A beautiful early season apple
Rosette is a bright red early season apple, with an amazing rosette-like pattern of marbled pink or red flesh that is revealed when you cut the apple open!
The flesh does not brown (oxidise) that quickly either so it can be used to add an interesting colour to savoury or fruit salads. It was a good choice of apple tree and although only in its third year has a good crop in 2018.
French bean seeds were planted towards the end of May, and potted on, planting into well manured ground on 8th June 2018, In 6 weeks these were ready to start picking.
Three varieties of French Beans are ready for picking.
Purple Queen at the top, Saxa on the right, and Kinghorn Wax on the left.
Saxa variety – 10lbs picked so far (21.7.18), 5lbs now blanched and frozen, the rest have been eaten! The Dwarf French bean ‘Saxa’ (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a strong variety that seems to give a good crop and can be harvested early. The Kinghorn Wax (Phaseolus vulgaris) is also an early to late, stringless, dwarf French bean, but a lovely yellow in colour. 2lbs of these so far (21.7.18). The Purple Queen, dark purple in colour, turns green on boiling. However this seems to be a later variety and the pods are still developing.
The weather this summer, 2018 has been so hot. Our crop of blackcurrants has been good but the older blackcurrant bushes have produced currants of a much smaller size. All of the bushes have been grown from cuttings from our bush in Eaglesham, Scotland where we previously lived.
Overall home baking – The Sterrett Perpetual Challenge Cup won by Deb!
The Ken Brown Challenge Cup for Savoury Muffins won by Sheila!
With the President of the Monmouth Show 2018
Sheila – Three 1st Prizes – For Raspberry Jam, Apricot (stoned fruit) and Savoury Muffins and Ken Brown Cup for Savoury Muffins, 2nd Prize for Shortbread
Deb – Five 1st Prizes – Bara Brith, Six Pieces of Tray Bake, Round of Shortbread, Damson Chutney and Six Strawberry tarts, Two Second Prizes for Welsh cakes and a loaf of bread, and one Third Prize – strawberry jam
Six Pieces of Tray Bake
Six Strawberry Tarts
Sheila’s Savoury Muffins
Round of Shortbread
Six Pieces of a Tray Bake
First Prizes for Sheila’s Raspberry and Apricot Jam
Deb’s Strawberry Tarts
Deb’s Loaf of Bread – White Bloomer
Sheila’s Raspberry Jam
Deb’s Damson Chutney
Deb’s 2nd Prize Welsh Cakes
Deb’s First Prize Bara Brith
The Shortbread Wars!!!!!
First and Second!!!!!
Third for Strawberry Jam
The Sterrett’s Cup won for the most points overall
The Ken Brown Challenge Cup won by Sheila for the best savoury muffins