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Frozen

Little Miss M has just had a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for which my daughter made her a fabulous cake – yes that is the cake disguised as ‘Elsa’s dress.DSC_0035 (1)

and Granny and the children made a frozen ice-bowl using flowers and raspberries from the garden and filled with watermelon and strawberries.

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I have done a few of these over the years for different parties, sometimes filling with a fruit punch, sometimes with a fresh fruit cocktail.

This one started on the 28th May with a layer of primroses, thyme and Sweet Cicely laid on top of about a centimetre of ice in the bottom of a large plastic bowlDSCF8822

I only add edible flowers.

The children then gathered some mint leaves, marigold flowers and wild strawberry flowers

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We put the pink bowl in the middle and weighted it down then poured more water round the sides, about another centimetre. The flowers were added and it went back in the freezer.DSC_0071

As I was a bit low on flowers from the garden (borage, nasturtiums  and rose petals look great) I added raspberries in layers and when it was full removed the pink bowl from the centre and we used the bowl for a picnic in the garden.

Then back in the freezer so that I could use again for Little miss M’s partyDSC_0034

I experimented with using a layer of pomegranate juice and added edible glitter.

Now out of the large plastic bowl, it sat out for about 4 hours and hardly melted at all, so it has gone back in the freezer to use again later in the summer.

You can see loads of other examples of other peoples ice-bowls on Pinterest. It seems the ice stays clearer if the water is boiled first, and maybe it would have looked better set on an ice plinth……. next time.

Verbena Vase

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I love the vibrant purple of this annual verbena, which doesn’t seem to know it is supposed to be an annual. It grows to about 18″ and is now drifting through the border, peeping out through neighbouring plants.DSC_0672

This piece of sari fabric was bought at the Womad  world music festival circa 1998, and I drape it where it catches the light.Version 2

DSC_0664Add a Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia) just coming into flower again, with thyme at the base, and the dragon willow for an oriental twist.DSC_0657 (1)

I also just wanted to show you the orchids I have in flower at the moment.DSC_0636

I’m still amazed I have been able to get them to this stage – they are all ‘rescue’ orchids and they do seem very happy on rain water and tomato feed once a week.

Joining in with Cathy’s Vase on Monday

And Cee’s Flower of the Day: Verbena

P.S. I am so thrilled with my autumn fruiting raspberries, now in their second year. I’ve had raspberries on my cereal for breakfast from July (summer fruiting) til now, with still more to come. The freezer has tubs of them to enjoy through the winter. I’ve also added them to cooked apples and pears for delicious puddings.

They are not in a fruit cage, they don’t need much attention and are not attacked by slugs, snails and sparrows, which seem to eat everything else!

I’ve decided that if I could only grow one plant this would be the one – what would your one plant be?

Yellow

YELLOW

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hot sun ripened fruit

for luscious start to my day

peach and raspberries

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Joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: START and HOT

the two sentences:

hot sun ripened fruit for luscious start to my day

for luscious start to my day, peach and raspberries

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Joining in with Jamie’s Weekly Photo challenge: YELLOW

Celebrating my first attempt to grow peaches – their yellow flesh – delicious!

What a joy it is to eat fresh peaches and raspberries newly picked from the garden for breakfast on top of muesli – I am so thrilled that I CAN grow peaches. Although they were small they were juicy and delicious – must thin them out a bit more next year for bigger fruits.

You know how I love to combine challenges so prompted by Cee’s entry into another photo challenge, I am entering this post into Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge, topic: FOOD

Hop across to Cathy’s post and get a flavour of her photo entry too – mmm!

And Melissa with another mouthwatering photo, she has entered the haiku challenge too – Hurray! My Haiku/Photo Challenge buddy is back after a very busy summer season.

And Jamie has gone for something fishy.

Next week the prompt word is EMPTY.