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Home-Grown Happiness

It's been a little while since I wrote as I've been galavanting around the UK. Going away on holiday, especially when visiting family and friends, is wonderful, but there's nothing like coming home to a garden bursting with life. I've arrived home to an abundance of fruit, veg and flowers. Huge dahlias are leaning over one another at the bottom of the garden. Their bright classy colours vying for the sun's attention. I've also managed to grow my all time favourite dahlia, 'Café Au Lait', which I adore because of its exquisite pink/coffee hue. My apple tree is laden with beautiful green apples while the plums are deep purple and almost ready to be picked. In the herbaceous border there is a sprinkling of fresh, new pumpkin flowers.

I'm really going to enjoy thinking of some new recipes over the next few weeks to add to my store cupboard favourites which already include apple cider vinegar, apple compote and spicy plum chutney. I'm definitely planning on making apple and pumpkin bread with my first ever home-grown pumpkins. It's such a delicious and wholesome tea-time treat as well as a healthy lunchbox filler. Plum crumble is always a family favourite for Sunday lunch. I'll be leaning on my husband to make his special recipe for that.

When it comes to gardening, I have to admit that my green fingers haven't fully formed yet but I am learning so much just by diving in and giving it a go. I held off a little in previous years because I didn't think I had the right sized garden for growing. I'm so glad I took the plunge this year and threw in some vegetables amongst my shrubs and perennials . My little pumpkin patch looks very pretty nestled underneath my olive tree and Sedum, while my kale looks very comfortable sitting amongst the sweet peas and cornflowers.

The most important thing I am learning as a gardener is to just go for it. I keep hearing my husband's mantra 'don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good'. So I encourage you to roll up your sleeves, get planting and just see what happens.


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