Wednesday, October 16, 2013

flowers and food

Blogging always reverts to the classic themes of flowers and food while the rest of life whirls unsuitably on around the camera moments.


Pink Daughter packed up this year's pressed petals to show at school. She was surprised that her classmates don't know the names of even the easy ones, such as cosmos and hydrangea. The One Direction Official Compendium of Garden Flowers should remedy that.



The last of the unpressed flowers still linger outside, getting somewhat in the way of the bulbs waiting to be planted. I've set up a scientific experiment in the corner by the rocky mound: a bed of autumn-planted perennial sunflower, purple toadflax, and Japanese anemone, vigorous invaders all. Time will tell which one overwhelms its companions.


Pizza with blue cheese, rosemary, and potato. It was a great revelation to me that I could make pizza sauce by sautéing courgette and onion rather than cooking tomatoes.  So bourgeois, tomatoes.


Homemade doughballs and Nutella for after school.   I've considered making my own chocolate hazelnut spread in that idle way one toys with the notion of giving up alcohol, but the children would be upset if it contained antioxidants.

30 comments:

  1. Just want you to know I'm not stalking you, you only posted this 9 minutes ago - I just happened to be on the computer when you popped up. Now that's cleared up - it always seems such a shame to pull out the annuals when they are still in full swing - I have one Cosmos that hasn't flowered yet but is full of bud, perhaps it's waiting for better weather next year, maybe.

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    1. Yes, those Cosmos sure have staying power. And my sea pinks, confused by the weather, are having a second fling.

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  2. I have toyed with both those ideas and rejected them both but Nutella and dough balls as an after school snack is an idea I am happy to embrace.

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    1. It's so reassuring to be on the same wavelength as you, Sue, on fundamental issues such as these.

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  3. We still have roses, hydrangeas, cyclamen and zillions of Japanese anenomes ...... they really can take over. I'm always pulling them out.
    I think that pressed flowers are going to be big ...... I'm sure that Harry from One Direction partakes.
    Your pizza looks wonderful Mise. XXXX

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    1. Oh .... and, thanks for comment just now .... hope that it's helped Marie in a some small way. XXXX

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    2. Everyone, remember to zoom over to enter the lovely giveaway at Jacqueline's blog!

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  4. Ahh, the persuasive power of One Direction. I am seriously considering writing to Harry and asking him nicely if he might publicly declare a) how much he enjoys cleaning bathrooms, b) how much he loves courgettes and onions and c) how he always, without fail, hangs his clothes up at the end of each day.

    Your pizza looks delicious!

    Heather x

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    1. A daughter's friend has a One Direction bicycle, but I've told her that hers is better, as it goes in several directions.

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  5. I see I have fallen behind in your posts! It was quite exciting to catch up this morning, I always enjoy an opportunity for a good laugh along with my cup of coffee. Nutella is doing a fine job making itself, I release us both from that obligation to pursue more important and trivial things!

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    1. Isn't it lovely to bond across the great ocean over a well-marketed chocolate spread. Hurrah for cultural harmony.

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  6. Am just reacquainting myself with current music trends for the rather young: One Direction strike me as somewhat wholesome, but alas, The Gardener's 15-year-old seems to prefer Miley Cyrus. Should we worry, we wonder? Then we remember ourselves and the (early) Rolling Stones - they never sang about healthy food or washing one's hair regularly, did they? And look how well we turned out..... (no sniggering, please)...

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    1. I always detected healthy food and washing one's hair undercurrents in their lyrics, but perhaps that was merely teenage self-delusion. You and I, we both turned out fabulously.

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  7. The flowers,pressed and unpressed, are so pretty--such wonderful colors and shapes.

    You forgot about cats and blogs. I blog about flowers and cats. Jane does cats, floers and food, but she's exceptionally well-rounded.

    I like to put ricotta on my pizza, then mozzarella, tomatoes, and other things.

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    1. Cats, cats. Notes to self: include cats in blog before that Jane woman gets ahead of me. I am just popping a saucer of milk out in competitive zeal.

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    2. Ahem I believe I am that Jane woman....and i may be ahead of you in cats but lag far behind in wit and good hair.

      xo J.

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    3. Too late to distract me with flattery, dear Jane; I'm on a Personal Crusade to match your exceptional well-roundedness. Beware. My new cat and I joined a gym this morning and will blog about it soon.

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  8. Such a pretty pressed flower photograph, Mise.

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    1. Thank you, Denise! I thought the image would make a lovely duvet cover.

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  9. I venture the null hypothesis that none of your vigorous invaders will overcome the others but exist in a state of permanent combat until their concomitant demise.

    But at least you will have no weeds.

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    1. Sort of like a flowerbed chock-full of Capulets and Montagues? I am convinced that you are right.

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  10. I confess I didn't realise who One Direction were other than it made for an odd title for a flower book. I am but out of date and bourgeois, I don't use tomatoes on my pizza.

    I like the idea of a Multi directional bicycle can you swivel the saddle when you want to go in a different direction?

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    1. There's a certain grand nobility in not knowing who One Direction are, sustainable mum. I shall pretend I don't know either. Would you meet me at bus-stops with press clippings and we can stand round asking one another loudly who these young people are?

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  11. I've idly toyed with the alcohol thought, but not the chocolate hazelnut spread. You always inspire me, Mise.

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    1. This blogging life disseminates idle toying so effectively across the world, dear Shell. Sometimes, looking at your posts, I've idly toyed with the idea of dashing out a graceful little sketch of something fragrant, but then remembered that I can hardly draw a banana.

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  12. There are precious few who know the names of all garden varieties of flowers. I don't think I do either, but thankfully, I am salvageable, I don't like One Direction.

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    1. Someone of your impeccable taste *must* move to England, my dear.

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  13. I once bought Panda chocolate spread as an alternative to Nutella. It was like when, as a small boy, I was given Country Store muesli for supper and told it was Alpen because we'd run out of Alpen. Lies!

    Your courgette-and-onions pizza sauce sounds great, and looks irresistible.

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  14. Pink's dried flowers are so bright! What's to be done with them now...will they be framed in all their colorful glory? Quite sad that the children didn't even know what a hydrangea was, it seems a botanical garden visit is in order, or maybe your lovely garden could stand in for one next year...and you could serve your homemade Nutella to all of your guests, it would be a wonderful motivator to actually making some, antioxidants included.
    xo J~

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