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Friday 3rd May, 2019
When your brother gives you fresh, smoked fish.... Yum... Fish pie!
What do you do when given a couple of gorgeous fillets of smoked Trevally? My brother had been out fishing for the weekend and had caught a few. I love it when you get them and all the works been done like filleting, gutting and of course scaled then smoked to perfection.
When I get a smoked Trevally or Kahawai, fish pie springs to mind, and so easy to make. I'm sure that there are many versions out there but my version starts with a basic butter and flour roux.
No two versions are the same as it's all dependent on whats in the cupboard, fridge and garden. I seem to be at an in between stage in my garden and so parsley and a late capsicum was all that was contributed from that department.
Often I will finely dice some onions, and included this time some elephant garlic and the late red capsicum, and saute'd them all off in a cast iron pot with butter. Then I added flour and continued to cook, then the milk until I ended up with a reasonably thick sauce.
I then added a can of whole corn kernels, chopped capers, handful of finely chopped parsley, salt and pepper and of course a whole fillet of delicious smoked Trevally. I thought I may be short of flavours and decide to stir in a teaspoon or two or whole grained mustard just for good measure. Usually I add 5 or 6 boiled eggs quartered but didn't bother this time.
Once all ready top the dish with mashed Kumara, finish with grated cheese, I used a combination of three being Parmesan, Tasty and Mozzarella.
Cook in the oven until the cheese is all golden brown and the sauce is just starting to bubble through the edges.
I am waiting until we get some more garlic in as I really like the elephant sized cloves and I am going to get them in early this year. Ang has some shallotscoming too and so have left a spot in the vege patch... they have great flavour and usually I grow lots of all of these to last the year. Update on the broad beans is that they are romping away but I am still waiting for the peas that I have planted to come through. I am planning on planting another crop of broad beans when the brassicas are out... probably later in the winter and before the spring. Maybe even some more peas... there is nothing like fresh shelled peas..
The long, tall, short and chubby of it all ... in the rose world that is!
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Fascinating but I think that roses come in every shape and form, LOL, just like us really, and so they can suit just about any purpose. I find it tricky to write this piece because as I'm getting into it I'm thinking 'gosh what about that rose or I haven't mentioned this rose and so many roses could suit many of the different purposes that I'm writing about. Its worth following the links and checking out some of the other cultivars that I haven't mentioned.
Roses for pots
If you want something pretty in a pot then a rose can be hard to beat. Long flowering, repeat blooming and pretty hardy. Patios and floribundas all suit pots but then any rose could be the go... depends on the size of the pot sometimes.
My all time favs though would have to be the old fashioned Paree minis that come in white, red and salmon and so suit being in pots.
If you are keen to have a floribunda or a hybrid tea in a pot then you may need a bigger pot so they get enough water through the summer season.
Roses for obelisks
I am going to generalise here but many of the Austins could suit being grown through an obelisk or some similar shaped structure... these tend to be shrubby but semi climbing in habit or throw long canes in the Autumn that suit this kind of training. Abraham Darby, Tradescant and Graham Thomas spring to mind.. and I'm sure that there are many more.
Then the hybrid Musks could equally be at home here like Moonlight, Buff Beauty and even Ballerina, Penelope and Prosperity. Hybrid musks are an awesome generation of roses as they are almost a cross between climbing and shrubs roses. Cut them hard and keep as a bush or let grow tall and treat as a small climber... got to say that the hybrid musks are pretty hardy.
I bet that even some of the flower carpets or other shrub rose types like The Fairy and Seafoam could be grown as small climber or pillars or for obelisks. Once you get started on choices, well there is a lot to choose from.
Pillar roses. These are roses that suit going up a single pole or say the 4 supports of a pergola with out necessarily needing to go over the top.
Generally any modern climbing rose will suit this as they all tend to have quite stiffly upright habit but they just need to be tied into the pole or reduce to 3 to 5 long canes.
Traditionally I would have said that Rugosa roses have been used as hedges of which I notice these in the motorways in Europe. Blanc Double de Coubert is the most popular choice that we sell for this purpose but I guess that any Rugosa more or less would be suitable.
Again many of the Austin or English roses would suit a hedge like effect especially when we know that they are really shrub roses. Plant them at 70cm to 100cm apart and they will give a hedge effect. Just about any would be suitable.. Imagine Mary Rose, Winchester Cathedral, Golden Celebration, Windrush, Sharifa Asma and the like, grown in a row, bordering a garden or creating an edge to a lawn.
Almost any rose that is listed as a shrub rose could also make quite a cool hedge... we have used Sally Holmes in our garden, which is very vigorous and will make for quite a robust hedge, but check out the likes of Golden Wings (one of my favs) Jacqueline du Pre or even Lavender Dream.
There are so many options ... I have heard of Mutabilis as a hedge and this is endlessly in flower.
Roses can even be used as ground cover... they still like the sun and good rich soils but they will give repeated flowers all through the season. The most obvious ground cover roses will be theflower carpets in all the different colours they have released to the market ... there are others however like Sparkler, The Fairy and Seafoam.
New season Citrus has arrived and has a new spot in the garden centre
That short week last week had us waiting for all the new batch of new seasons citrus which duly arrived on Monday morning first thing. It took us a day or two to get it all away and its got a new position from where its always been. I decided that the old spot was getting to shaded by the avenue of Prunus Awanui that we have there.
We have two main suppliers of these mainstays of the fruit production and one produces in the open ground and then lifts and bags them all.. so sometime they can look like they are wilting a tad.. we have sprayed ours with Vaporgard which is an anti transpirant (helps reduce water loss) as well as providing some frost protection for the soft leaves that may get marked by frost. There is a fab selection there now so if you have been looking for citrus of any sort then come on out or get online.
I still need the space and some plants must go and so now half price!!@!
ROSES Yes that's ALL remaining Roses including all standards, patios, weepers and pillars... (BUT, yes there's always a but, in this case it's the new flower carpet bushes that are excluded.) If you are ordering these sale roses online be prepared for second choices as stock numbers may be out and know that they are looking like they do in the Autumn as their leaves start to fall.
SELECTED TREES AND THESE INCLUDE
I have to say that these are no longer in stock and so not available through our normal online purchase system and these have been marked down already with a half price sticker. Its best to come out with a trailer if you require tree. This list of half price trees includes
Weeping elms, Acer rubrum Bowhall, Acer Cream Splash, Acer Worleii, Acer Leopold and a range of amazing Crabapples
There are other species on sales like flowering cherries, plums, peaches etc... but its best to call out again
Don't forget that pears and most apples still are with 30% discount too but excludes double/triple grafts and the ballerina apples.
Cathie asked me to make mention of the new Helleborus that have also just arrived in... These are favourites of mine and there seems to be so many new flower shapes, colours and looks in these buttercup family members. They do give a a good show in the winter and make such a good addition to the garden giving some colour when there isn't so much around.
I have been remiss, but I am blaming the weather and the fact that there has been no moisture or rainfall, but Autumn is the time to feed your garden and also those lawns. To be fair there's probably, for some of us that appear to be in a rain free spot, only just enough precipitation to go about this seasonal task. The two times of the year to feed are spring and Autumn... sheep pellets, Bioboost and or Rooster Booster wont go astray... garden compost and prior to rain throw on the appropriate instant fertilisers and let the rain wash them in.
I have just sown a whole heap of grass seed and when its been up for 3 or so weeks I will feed it and then put a broad leaf spray over it so that we end up with perfect lawns and paddocks. That's the theory anyway!
Its been an awesome week in the nursery and we are looking hot...new plants keep rolling in and another project of new steps is nearing completion. There is nothing like being busy and having fun while you are achieving things. Enjoy this glorious Autumn.