Dividing up Herbaceous Plants
I rescued the two lack-lustre Achillea ‘Moonshine’ from the bed that the slugs had taken over and it was easy to ease the roots apart at the base to make eight new plants. I shall do the same with the Geranium psilostemon and re-plant that at the back of a border.
The achillea will go in the main sunny bed where they seem to be thriving and with no apparent slug damage…
A three-hour weeding session on the allotment left it looking great again and exposed several rows of beetroot and spinach sown from seed weeks ago and then forgotten about. I sowed more of each plus various perennial flowers Salvia ‘patens’, Verbascum ‘Summer Charm’ and Scabiosa ‘Drakensbergensis’.
These allotment raspberries and strawberries were pureed with a small amount of caster sugar and made into ice-cream.
Beat 1 pt double cream with 397 g of condensed milk (half a tin) until it forms soft peaks and then fold in the fruit puree and freeze.
The allotment broad beans are badly hit by blackfly but I washed the pods before pushing the beans out and they are un-blemished. A surplus was transformed into a pea and broad bean hummus recipe which was in my head but I think came from Hugh F W originally.
Cook a cupful of podded broad beans and a cupful of peas (frozen or fresh) together for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Cool then puree with 100 ml olive oil and a handful of mint leaves plus 50 gm of grated Parmesan cheese. Served on toasted sour dough bread it was delicious.
Allium ‘Ivory Queen’ was in bloom for weeks in the garden and although now gone to seed it still looks very pretty. It’s mixed here in a vase with the seed pods of Nigella ‘Love in a Mist’.