Friday, July 08, 2022

Friday Favourites - Raspberries, Roses, and a Recipe

 


Outside my window this morning the sky is mottled with fluffy white clouds, streaky grey clouds, and bits of blue in between. Closer to home the fluffy pink poppies dot my garden beds. They come up wherever they please, and I love them so much that I often let them stay where they like, or I move them to another spot. 

Our strawberries are almost finished their first fruiting and now come the raspberries. All the rain has helped them this year. We're enjoying them with our morning granola and yogurt, and some have made it to the freezer. The grandchildren know where the berry patch is and pick to their hearts' content. Little Cora will gladly eat strawberries, green cap and all, if she picks them herself. 


In the house, bouquets of roses fill vases on the mantel and in the hallway. Such luscious colour and fragrance. On the deck, climbing John Cabot scatters hundreds of pink petals in carpet-like fashion.


I found a spot for another new rose this year - Litchfield Gate by David Austin. I can always find a spot for another rose bush. Litchfield Gate's creamy colour shows up well against all the green in the garden beds. 


We moved Falstaff this spring, and it has been late to bloom, but is much happier in full sun than in partial shade. Many roses are suffering from black spot this year with all the damp weather. Soon the first flush of roses will be over and I'm planning on cutting them back quite a bit as we will be away for awhile. 


A crustless vegetable tart (if one can call it a tart without a crust) made a satisfying dinner one evening, accompanied by salad. Zucchini, tomatoes, and onions are combined with goat cheese. I'll post the recipe on my other blog. I started that blog when my children were always asking me for recipes, and I've found it handy to keep them all in one spot. 

My plans for the day include going to pick up a new fig tree from our local grower. We have one, but it doesn't do as well in our short summers, so we're planting another. Then I'll pick up lots of tomatoes and jalapenos to make the year's supply of salsa. It's a cool day, so being in the kitchen will not be uncomfortable. 

Whatever your plans, and do share what they might be, I hope your day is filled with contentment. 

28 comments:

  1. I have strawberries 'on my mind' today. -smile-

    Gorgeous photos and gorgeous Vegetable Tart. Will click to find recipe.

    Gentle hugs,
    🍓 🍓 🍓 🍓

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  2. Thank you for the recipe
    Beautiful flowers, cabbage roses have a magical charm.

    Cooler weather, this morning finished putting a large planter together for a neighbor. I paid zero attention to how much it would weigh. After lugging it indoors from the back deck, a short distance, I put it in a rolling dollie. It is now outdoors where I should have put it together. Thankfully, the next planter is half that size. lol

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  3. The raspberries look so good. I grew up with long rows of raspberries and hours of picking, but I still love them and always have. Oh and your roses are gorgeous as well.

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  4. Strawberries and rasberries are ..superfood. Lucky you to have them grow in your garden!

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  5. Lovely to have raspberries in the garden. A fig tree sounds nice, and brings back memories of our very prolific trees in France.
    How beautiful your roses are, each one so different and each one with their own beauty.

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  6. This sounds like a yummy dish and the blog with recipes is a great idea. I should do something like that. I have a lot of tried and true recipes I could share. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. This is the YUMMIEST post! You are raspberry-rich, and have enriched me with these photos and tales of fragrant roses, tarts and fruits. Thank you!!

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  8. Strawberries are ripe here now too. Raspberries will be some time yet. Your blooms are gorgeous and the berries look delicious!

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  9. I just have to say that you must have a very GREEN Thumb! Everything you grow does so well. Those raspberries... just a bowl of pure delight.

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  10. Oh my, what could be better than fresh berries from your very own patch?? I’d be as happy as your grandchildren, Lorrie! Your flowered are so beautiful as well. Enjoy your weekend.

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  11. A year's supply of salsa sounds real good! Beautiful flowers. I was able to find the last of the peonies to bring in and enjoy! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  12. Your raspberries and roses look beautiful! The tart looks very tasty. Enjoying your garden and gardening!

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  13. A real sense of summer shines through your post. I would love to pick from all those raspberries and I bet your grandchildren have fun. Love the look of that vegetable tart. Very hot here at the moment so it’s cooling salads at the moment. Off for a sea swim shortly to cool down. B x

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  14. As always, beautiful photos of your flowers. I planned to get outside for some gardening puttering, but it is so pleasant with the windows open, I am not feeling the need so urgently. I grinned to think of your little grand eating all the strawberry without any waste. Too darling, but perhaps a bit rough on the system.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. I always enjoy seeing photos of your roses. They are exquisite and such a beautiful variety. I'm so delighted to learn that you have a cooking blog! Not sure how I've missed that! I just browsed through it and tagged some recipes. They all look delicious.

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  16. Your crustless tart looks fabulous. We're not zucchini people, but I'm sure we could sub in something else in its place.

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  17. I have so enjoyed my visit, Lorrie! The raspberries look so summery delicious and that crustless tart looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I'm going to try your recipe for sure. Your roses delight at every sighting here on your blog, so I can well imagine the thrill they give in person.

    It's a lovely summer day here today. So far the rain has held off - fingers crossed. BIL from Vancouver is here this weekend so we are enjoying our time hanging out on the deck in our flower-bedecked backyard. Made a rhubarb and strawberry crisp this afternoon - eagerly awaiting the moment when we sample it.

    Happy Day...
    Brenda xo

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  18. Your roses are heavenly... you have beautiful colors. Thanks for the beautiful photos.
    I still have to wait for the raspberries, but they'll be ripe in a few days... the strawberry harvest is coming to an end, but the cherries are in the most beautiful splendor. I've got a cherry pie in the oven... and I'm going to check out your blog Baking.
    Good evening for you. Viola

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  19. ... we have just enjoyed some raspberries with double cream after dinner this evening, such a delicious fruit.

    Lovely roses, such a wonderful plant/flower.

    Enjoy the week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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  20. PS Also meant to say your crustless tart looks delicious :)

    All the best Jan

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  21. I have fond memories of going to stay with my grandparents during the summer month. They had a row of boysenberries the length of their quarter acre garden next to the house. I love eating them off the vines along with grapes, peaches and my favourite, the nectarines. There were great veggies but the fruits were the best to eat in the field. She canned and had a large freezer. Maybe that’s where I got my love for gardening. - Margy

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  22. Here all is burning by the too hot weather again!
    We have no rain and 30C end of week 40C. It is working. The raspberries are burning, we continue to water the garden everyday, but it’s not enough. Today I have shut the window shutters to stay cool!

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  23. Your roses are gorgeous. We don't have many right now, but should have another blooming soon. The raspberries and strawberries are so good in yogurt for sure. Our raspberry patch is just getting established, but next year should be wonderful. I have rescued a few small ones for yogurt and you are right, they are so good. It is rather warm here this week.

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  24. Hi Lorrie,

    Oh, those raspberries look so pretty in your blue and white bowl!! I just had some raspberry yogurt for my breakfast this morning. :) I do love raspberries and blueberries. I just cannot get enough of your gorgeous roses -- they look so healthy!!! I love our Gertrude Jekyll rose, but it has to be said that we're not in the very best climate for growing roses here. I've always heard that the northwest area of the U.S. is great for growing roses (Oregon and Washington). Since you are near that area I believe, you must have a good climate for them. Also, I think you and your husband have the greenest thumbs ever. :D

    I always enjoy your posts, Lorrie. Hope you have a good week!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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  25. How wonderful to be able to pick raspberries right after the strawberries are done. They looks especially pretty in your blue and white bowl.
    Your rose bouquet is stunning!

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  26. Lovely summer posts here and in the one previous -- I'm having fun catching up. I *need* that recipe for the crustless tart, so I'm off to your other blog. ... I forgot to say earlier that the lighthouse tour was a great three-generation outing. such a painless and fun way to learn history. I love learning stuff like that (even at my age which, if it had been my family, would make me a fourth generation (or first? .. anyway, oldest).

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  27. Oh, your roses look amazing! I can imagine the scent! I will check out your crustless tart. Not sure yet, what's for dinner.

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  28. Another lovely post, Lorrie. Thanks so much for the recipe is looks delicious.

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