14 Sep 2018

A season full of goodness



It's been a good season for home grown produce.
These were the first few figs and we've had a steady crop
over the Summer.



When our daughter came to stay she made fig jam with her Papa.
All the family love fresh figs and we gave bowlfuls away to share
with them and their friends.
Daughter D took some back home with her and made some more jam.
Now we have a supply of jams in our store cupboards as daughter D also
made blackberry jam from those gathered where she lives.



Daughter D's fig and blackberry jams


We've also enjoyed honey as the parents of our granddaughter's boyfriend
have a large garden where they keep bees.




the veg plot and the covered yard 



We're still gathering tomatoes, cooking with them and bottling some.


We've enjoyed broccoli, beans and lettuces and a few other
home grown vegetable produce.  We could have done with a bigger
 supply of vegetables, but a little is better than none at all. 


We had quite a few more nectarines this year on the young tree although
we lost a few during a day of high winds.  They were small
and very sweet. In the end I made a fruit crumble with them
and added some bought peaches as some were split, a little wrinkly
and not so nice to eat fresh unlike the figs.
We haven't gathered the apples yet and we only have one pear that
has survived due to the extremely cold weather conditions earlier in the year. 



table grapes and 'strawberry' grapes in our local daughter's garden
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'strawberry' grapes smell and taste like strawberries so good to eat, but are 
small, have pips and stain your lips and tongue purple! All the grapes growing
here in our family gardens in the UK are still not ripe and
 will probably stay on the vines for the birds.



grapes growing along our front garden wall


Lastly, this is not home grown fruit and veg, but
I decided to include the Joie De Vivre rose bush which is still
producing masses of roses.  It was meant for Riitta's
Floral Bliss linkup which ended this week and I missed
the opportunity to join in.
Good news - Riitta's Floral Bliss will now change to Friday Bliss!
You can read more about this link on Riitta's recent blog post here
I shall be linking up when the link opens today, Friday, 4pm Helsinki time.


Wishing everyone a good day and a peaceful weekend!
Linda :)


27 comments:

  1. Wow! Plentiful harvest from your garden! For the time being, I enjoy the fresh figs, not enough for jams. So nice to see all the different kinds of fruits harvested. These fruits are so expensive here because they are all imported. You are so blessed!

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    1. We're blessed to have had a good crop of the fruit and veg. It's a shame that your imported fruit is so expensive. You have green fingers so I'm always impressed by what you do grow yourself.

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  2. Your beautiful & delicious photos make my mouth water! What a lovely combination is that - a pale pink rose and ripening purple grapes. Enjoy your garden as long as possible, soon the autumn takes over - sigh.

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    1. It's the end of the season for home grown produce. We've just the apples to pick and the rest of the tomatoes to gather before the end of the month.

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  3. everything looks wonderful, from flowers to veggies and fruit. we had a fig tree in the yard in the years before I turned 10 years old. I refused to eat them, mother mad fig preserves and jam, I refused to eat it. I wonder if I would like them now... they look good from here

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    1. We have so many jams at present we haven't started the fig jam, but tasted it when making and it had set and it was very nice - not too sweet.

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  4. I have never tried fig jam, so it is something that I must remedy. Those different varieties of tomatoes look wonderful, mouthwatering.

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    1. You need quite a quantity of figs to make the jam. We had an enormous amount so could make jam as well as eat fresh, which is the best way to enjoy.

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  5. An impressive bounty! And the roses are gorgeous!

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    1. It's a good time of the year when one can gather the home grown produce. We appreciate the roses in the garden as we go into the season of Autumn.

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  6. You have had a good harvest this year and are all stocked up with tasty jam for the foreseeable future. Yum!

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    1. We like marmalade on our toast for breakfast, but the jams will be a nice change.

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  7. How beautiful your garden is and what wonderful produce it has given you. Ripe figs sound delicious and all the jams look wonderful as does your lovely pink rose:)

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    1. Autumn is upon us and so we appreciate that some rose bushes are still producing blooms. We've really enjoyed eating fresh figs. They're good for you although only one or two a day is best!

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  8. You've certainly been eating well with all your lovely home grown produce. I've missed my tomatoes this year, it's the first year I haven't grown them for a very long time. It must be a good year for figs as I noticed my next door neighbour's tree laden with them.

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    1. As you know Mr P grows tomatoes every year. It's something he's always done and the nurturing and growing gives him a lot of satisfaction. The covered way becomes full of the plants in pots for many months of the year! The exceptionally sunny weather has certainly helped the ripening process.

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  9. Your produce is really impressive, Linda -- especially those figs! I planted a fig tree in a pot for the first time this year, and I'm wondering if I should pick the figs that grew on it -- I think they might be ready.... Very exciting! Hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful autumn in your gardens! Best, -Beth

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  10. Great post! It is so nice to have your own produce...Fig marmalade is one of my favourite absolutely. Enjoy this beautiful season!

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  11. You certainly have a garden full, my Tom's have stopped going red though we did have loads of plumbs had apples though they might be full of bugs.Not keen on figs myself though the ones tried my friend brought in did not seem bad, think I don't like the texture. That rose looks bebautiful hope it smells as nice

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    1. Figs are an acquired taste. At first I didn't like the texture either, but got used to it over time as we enjoyed large crops of both the yellow and the purple from trees on our land in Italy. Now I appreciate having our own supply straight from the tree in our garden. Yes, the Joie de Vivre rose has a lovely fragrance. It's a pretty flower which turns from an apricot shade to a pale pink.

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  12. Oh...those figs, and jams!!!! Drooling here! Lovely to see the cooking, wonderful produce too. How lucky are you and daughter to have grapes? And....just loving your roses!xxx

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    1. Hello Dina. Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you are well. The children and grandchildren love the chance to do some cooking with their Papa/Nonno. Daughter D says she's found a recipe for grape jelly so when her grapes are ripe she hopes to make some.

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  13. Oh I am DROOLING over all the home produce and seeing the grapes growing! I ADORE figs! We used to have a big fig tree in my childhood home. I have a cutting of it in a pot in my garden which grew some figs this year but they didn't ripen sadly!

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