Orange and Lilac

ImageWith three children (who have been sick on and off in the past few weeks – what am I saying? months!), housekeeping, loads of home repairs in arrears and work, I haven’t had much time or energy to work on my garden. I still have loads of plants to pot (from the garden centre) and a variety of seeds to plant if I want to be able to eat from the garden at all this year.

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Last year the snails got my fledgling beans, the mini maize never materialised and the edamame soy made a valiant effort and produced exactly 2 beans. Making for a meager meal. Ah well, we have a saying in Holland, ‘Alle begin is moeilijk’ or beginnings are always hard and I am sure I will get the hang of it.

In the mean time, I just wanted to share these images from the few flowers that did appear without any help, If you know what the orange beauties are, let me know because I lost the name tag a long time ago. The pink/purple ones are lilacs, of course. If I pick some tomorrow I’ll be able to make lilac sugar…

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4 thoughts on “Orange and Lilac

    • Hi Zurn, I thought someone might suggest poppies and I agree they look like it, but I am pretty sure they are not. It is a low-leafed plant and the flowers are small, about 3 cm in diameter. They stand on stems up to 25 cm tall. There are also multiple flowers on a stem. Should have kept the label! They are pretty, though, aren’t they?

    • Apparently you layer the flowers stripped from the stem with sugar in a pot. The recipes I found said to shake it from time to time and leave it from 3 days to 3 weeks. I have a miniature lilac tree so the tiny flowers are perfect, I think 🙂

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