I had rather a busy time recently, both with work, visitors and attending the cupcake class last weekend. So here I am again with very little in the way of tasty treats to show to you. On Friday night we ate Donal's ultimate chilli from Delicious Magazine (June 2012) with the guacamole and the tomato salsa salad also featured as accompaniments. I served it with rice and crusty bread. That went down a treat, I didn't even add any chilli to make it palatable for my grandson and served some chilli sauce on the side, but it really didn't need it.
In the walled garden I saw these lovely rhubarb forcing pots. They look so attractive sitting over the pale stems of rhubarb, while it tries to escape through the ground to reach the light, popping up round about the pots.
Inside the glass house, I spotted this passionflower, high up on it's vine. I had to hold the camera up and guess, it took a few goes to get this shot, but I think it was worth it.
Another area of the garden which was growing well, was the herb garden. There was fennel, oregano, chives and mint, all looking fresh and delicious.
|Tayberry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry|
On our way out of the walled garden, I noticed these little tags showing the various berries that were grown in the garden. I thought they looked so good and I'd love to try all these berries. Particularly when I saw the tag for 'Marionberries' which I'd seen mentioned on the White on Rice blog just last week, I certainly didn't expect to see them locally.
|The Loganberry is also a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry but resembles the blackberry more than the raspberry.|
|The Boysenberry is a cross between a raspberry, a blackberry AND a loganberry!|
|The Marionberry is a Marion Blackberry, a hybrid cross produced mainly in Marion County, Oregon, USA.|
|A Sunberry is a hybrid cross between two members of the nightshade family, Solanum villosum and Solanum guineense.|
|The Tummelberry takes it a stage further: a purple soft hybrid fruit (tayberry) of the blackberry and raspberry created by crossing it with another hybrid of the blackberry and raspberry|
|Another Blackberry variety|