Goldenrod flowers – for dyeing
There’s so much to do right now : harvesting and processing garden produce, building maintenance that calls for full days of dry weather, cutting grass, keeping the borders tidy(-ish), foraging for natural dyeing materials. And then there’s serving customers and hopelessly straining to replenish our fast-depleting stock of hand-spun or plant-dyed yarns, knitted garments, crochet articles …
But it’s not any of those things that cause us to linger in the evening sunshine, to take every task out in the garden that might be more conveniently done indoors, nor why the cats come in for the night (if it’s not raining) at the very last moment possible, after I’ve taken Tilly for a walk, and just as they know I’ll lock the door and turn out the lights.
With the currants and gooseberries down to the last pickings, our organized efforts have turned to harvesting the peas and, since a day or so ago, the broad beans too. That’s is how we know that summer’s early has given way to late (if there was a mid, we must have missed it!), and the year itself from waxing to waning. From here on, every moment counts – it feels we’re on borrowed time.
The cats know it. The sheep do, too, and of course the birds of the sky, the countless varieties of wild flowers, each and every blade of grass, and even the mites and earthworms in the soil. All of nature knows it!
Already, there’s that unmistakable scent of autumn in the air.
Goldenrod over Alum, on Cheviot
Denise podding peas for the freezer
View from Ludag, South Uist, across the Sound of Eriskay and the causeway, to Eriskay.
Trays of peas ready for podding and freezing.
Lemon Verbena leaves, dried and stored for winter
Drying onions in the sunshine
Fresh-picked aubergines from Greenhouse 1 Uist
Goldenrod flowers – a natural dyestuff.
Goldenrod flowers harvested for dyeing wool. The Hebridean Woolshed, Isle of South Uist
Lemon Verbena in the sun and warmth of Greenhouse 2
Leaves from Lemon Verbena, ready for drying
Drying onions in the sunshine, outside the dyehouse.
Peak Summer Salad: Homebaked bread, everything else home grown.
Jonathan & Denise >
Four photos with nothing whatsoever in common. Well, okay, they’re all taken here at The Big Garden, true. And they’re all portrait-format photos. But other than that … just random niceness!
Offcuts and Orchids
Blackcurrant Wellington XXX
Home-grown feast! Tomatoes and Tortilla
Geranium Sanguineum and Sedum Anglicum. The Big Garden, Isle of South Uist
Everything on that plate is home grown! * First tomatoes of the year ; and first swiss chard, too – in the tortilla. Even the Lanazarote-style mocha was made at home with our own ingredients.
*Okay, not the olives!
Jonathan and Denise >
So many things to do, not enough time. Life’s a blur!
Shalotts pickled for our winter stores.
Making Sweet Gooseberry Jelly.
First clearance harvest of 2017 – Shalotts. Some for pickling, some for salads, some for cooking.
D’s latest reading, picked up at the Thrift Shop.
M10 stainless steel bolt resined into rock as tensioning anchor. One of many!
Queenie’s fleece being sheared
Sea Rocket on the beach.
Evening walk, Boisdale machair and beach. Jonathan and Tilly
It’s not all about food! Pelargoniums at the front door.
Evening walk, Boisdale machair and beach.
Ewes, ewe hogs and this year’s lambs in Bothy Field.
Cheviot lamb orphaned when mother killed by Eagle. Beinn Sgiathan, Isle of Eriskay
Just made: Sweet Gooseberry Jelly and Lemon Curd.
View from Beinn Sgiathan across Rudha Ban, Isle of Eriskay
Sorrel and Buttercup on our croft in Eriskay
Beinn Sgiathan Hebridean/Cheviot blend, 50g
Life’s a blur!
Weeds: a plant in the wrong place? Aqualegia amongst the potatos.
Evening walk, Boisdale machair and beach.
Oops! nicked the pipe supplying a garden tap.
Evening walk, Boisdale machair and beach. Denise and Tilly.
Lambs at the top of High Field
Buying clothes for our grandson-to-be.
An Garradh Mor Hebridean sheep, on Beinn Sgiathan, looking over to Eiseabhal South Uist.
Sweet Gooseberry Jelly – and Esieabhal. On the garden wall.
J Towing 25kg tub of ‘lick’ up the hill to High Field.
New Zealand flax flowers.
Denise and Tilly’s lunchtime walk.
Grounds maintenance. Eight Askernish 2017
Keeping the Buff Orpingtons supplied with green weeds.