It's always frustrating being unable to pinpoint certain smells like that weeping, forgotten onion at the back of the cupboard. Or that dead mouse.
Sarcococca can be an equally elusive source, though of a more perfumed nature. Its small wintertime flowers are secreted under the evergreen leaves of this otherwise dull little bush, to protect it from bad winter weather presumably.
Bring some into the house, as I did, and you'll find its heady perfume in captivity is as eye-crossingly painful as being trapped in a lift with a Yankee Candle salesman, or a few seconds in Lush.
Best left outdoors as nature intended.
. #Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem' #sweetbox#winterflowers#winterscent#plantportraits#evergreen#shrubs#yankeecandle#lushcosmetics
Pericallis 'Senetti Magic Salmon' Already a huge hit in Europe, this new Senetti selection is brand new to the U.S. It features incredible coloration that goes from light salmon pink to intense deep purple.
[Fr] Le massif du Makay à Madagascar recèle d’étranges surprises… Sur ce massif sédimentaire sculpté par l’érosion, les petits cours d'eau de surface s'enfoncent parfois brusquement dans des gorges profondes et étroites. Au fond, sur quelques mètres carrés, un arbuste émerge. Pendant des milliers d’années, combien de fois un arbre a poussé ici avant d’être remplacé par le suivant ?
[En] The Makay massif in Madagascar conceals some curious spots. Among this sandstone massif carved by erosion, surface brooks sometimes dive straight into deep and narrow gorges. At the bottom, on a few square meters, a small tree grows. For thousands of years, how many times a tree slowly grew on that tiny patch before being replaced by another one ?
Today I made my first ever shrubs: one raspberry, one beetroot! Both taste excellent diluted with sparkling water, and the fruit remains are amazing with creme fraîche (raspberry) or in a salad (beets)
Below is the excellent recipe I used (@bdherron - thank you!) but with a few adaptions: .
600g white sugar
400ml apple cider vinegar 🍷
Step one: heat the sugar in the water until it has dissolved (low heat) 🍷
Step 2: add the fruit, stir and simmer it for around 20 minutes, or until the fruit flavour is strong enough for you 🍷
Step three: add the vinegar and stir for around 7 minutes 🍷
Step four: let it cool, serve with ice and sparkling water (ratio: 1:5/1:6) and enjoy! 🍎🍌🍒🍑🍍🥭🍆🌽🥑🥦
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A week and half after brewing, just in time for the end of #dryjanuary , this blueberry shrub is ready for its last steps and for tasting!
Step 1 - Strain the menstrum (liquid) from the herby/fruity bits (can put the herbs/fruits in the compost). I’m over the moon for the herb combo in here (thyme, lemon verbena, lavender, lemon balm, holy basil)
Step 2 - Get ready to add your honey (I love buying the wildflower honey in bulk from the local co-op)
Step 3 - Taste to see if it needs more honey (this one will but just a smidge. Thanks to my herb buddy @howellsherbalapothecary in the obx for mentioning that usually it’s a 1:1 ratio of your menstrum:honey, more sometimes if it’s a citrus based shrub)
Step 4 - Mix one-two TBS with your fave seltzer, I’m really digging the key lime lacroix right now
Step 5 - Get yourself a sunny spot for sippin. Maybe add a squeeze of citrus. Breathe deeply. *
I read these pertinent wise words from @laura_mckowen ‘s beautiful new book entitled We Are the Luckiest - “Quitting without a label is unheard of for the most part. We feel like we need a real reason not to drink, as if a clear mind, a clear heart, and a still small voice urging us to stay present are not enough.”
This new moon has me thinking about how necessary it is to reset, restore, to remind myself to be present. That is how I’ve tried to view January and this break from alcohol. Free from a familiar crutch, it has also helped me look at other patterns and re-regulate by finding other things to reach for in times of stress or discomfort. It certainly has not always been smooth and I am so grateful to the community around me on speed dial for the panic moments. I hope you have found ease in your start to this year thus far. And tell me what you have brewing!!
My 4 season pots that I planted up about 18 months ago are doing well, I wasn’t sure the bulbs would come back again with the pots being watered all summer I thought the bulbs may rot but the daffodils are showing through!!.
Jasmin überrascht mal wieder durch seine sehr frühe Blüte.
Dieser und andere Winterblüher wie beispielsweise die Kornelkirsche Cornus mas, haben einen sehr besonderen Reiz und sind gut für Wildbienen und Hummeln, die bald wieder unterwegs sind und Futter suchen.
A Sunday brunch classic with a sweet and savory #spiritfree twist.
PEACH 🍑 TAMARIND BELLINI
1 oz Peach Tamarind #ElementShrub
4oz @getgruvi Prosecco (non-alcoholic)
Order our newest flavor ➡️ Peach Tamarind online or find it in Frederick, MD @mcclintockdistilling.
Who says holly has to be just for the holidays? This fab shot from @priantifarmsinc shows why our Variegated English Holly adds style to your garden all year long (in Zones 6-9). It's ideal as a privacy screen or evergreen specimen plant.
Note: Variegated English Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata') is a female selection capable of producing festive red fruits if pollinated by a male variety. English Holly can potentially be invasive in some areas when it fruits. Check local guidelines before planting it in your garden.