June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

What a business woman - redcurrant story

Having had a surplus of redcurrants for the past several years, this year I thought I had come up with a bright idea to get some recompense for the hours and hours it takes to pick them.   So, I rang up the Waterside Inn in Bray and asked if they would be interested.   Chef was duly asked and said yes, they would like them if they are not too acid.   Hmm, well I thought it was worth a try.   So I wrapped the bowl up and beetled off to Bray this morning.   The charming young lady on reception said she would take them through and came back a few minutes later with my empty bowls (I had also taken a handful of alpine strawberries literally because I thought they would probably really appreciate them) and said:   "Chef said they are very nice.   Thank you very much."   I left chuckling to myself that I will never make a business woman, although I did have the presence of mind to leave my number and say I had some more but I would like some recompense for them.   Still, it is rather nice to know that the guests at the Waterside Inn are enjoying the fruits of my gardening labours - literally!

Here is a little shot of the very first pickings of raspberries and redcurrants last week.   I can't pick any more just now as - happily - it is raining!

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