St Tropez Salad

Why St Tropez? A spur of the moment name because it’s warmer than the south of France here today, certainly too hot to cook and also it put me in mind of the type of food I like to eat when on holiday.  Continuing the theme we’re lucky enough to  have a proper family run French patisserie in Eastcote that sells all sorts of wonderful waistline expanding deliciousness including a favourite baguette studded with green olives that goes well with this.

St Tropez Salad

Tuesday Plotlines

A couple of weeks I think since the last Plotlines post and it’s that time where I can’t quite keep up with everything.  I particularly noticed the difference today because we were away for the weekend and bar a quick pop in yesterday afternoon to water, hadn’t seen the plot since last Thursday.


The corn may not be quite ‘as high as an elephant’s eye’, if anyone knows how tall that is perhaps you’d be kind enough to let me know, but the tassels are formed, the cobs filling out and my mind already turning to what I might use them for once I’ve got over the steamed with lashings of  salty butter phase. I’m thinking fresh corn muffins and a chowder.




Tomatoes are forming well and I’m keenly checking for the first signs of ripeness.  We do have some small yellow plum tomatoes but honestly they’re such a great mid morning snack so no gorgeous tomato and mozzarella salads yet.



We’re getting good crops of new potatoes, courgettes, little gem lettuce and French beans and I need to get on and sow some more of the latter to get a late a crop.  This was a tip from one of our past plot holders Rodney and a good one I think.  There are a couple of raised beds empty now so I’ll be also be sowing some small parsnips, coriander, beetroot and perhaps some more lettuce.



The pumpkin patch is invading all four corners of our new plot, snaking down the pathways and through the tomatoes. I’m wondering how far to let this go. Should I cut the plants back? If  everything comes to fruition we’ll be well fed for months.

Karma Irene

The strawberries are now finished for the year, the raised bed tidied and the plants fed and mulched, I normally leave this job until Spring so will be interested to see if it makes any difference. The gooseberries are now ripe and will be picked in the next couple of days.

Pie at the weekend I think.

Thank you for reading.


I’m linking this post to Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow over at her blog Manneskjur.



Essence Of Australia

Gardening life takes on something of a routine in the high Summer months.  Up early, an hours watering, some weeding, some sowing and perhaps a little more watering if the sun is particularly fierce.  Whilst I love it all it’s nice to occasionally escape to the more glamourous side and I was really excited to receive an invitation a couple of weeks ago from the  Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to visit their show garden at Hampton Court Flower Show.

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

The garden is designed by Melbourne based  Jim Fogarty  to give people a sense of Australia and the diverse landscapes of Victoria and the Northern Territory as well as showing the country’s laid back atmosphere and love of the outdoor life.