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April Garden Calendar Huntsville Alabama …zone 7.

Wow what a month March has shown it’s self to be. 76f-26f in 24 hours and then a whole lot more variables on days when you least expect! This is N Alabama so thunder, lightening and tornado warnings thrown in the mix…Days in the hammock basking in sunshine and other days curled up the chair in front of a log burning fire with a book and some hot chocolate!

Dec / Jan Garden

I think many people assume that in the colder months all things garden are dormant. I spent yesterday working in the yard and could and will add several more days in the next few weeks, doing the same.

Cleaning out and clearing up.

Yesterday I pruned roses, cleared dead plants, trimmed back dormant shrubs (that were not dependent on existing  bud). a total of three very large bags.

Maple, pecan,cranberry bread pudding…served with whiskey sauce anglaise.

Butter the bread, this is left over chibatta.

Layer in dish with cranberries, peacans and maple syrup.

Cover with egg custard and allow to sit.

4 eggs, 4 ounces of sugar ( iused demarrara on this…because I could) 20 ounces ( English pint) of milk.

Sprinkle the top with a little sugar.

Bake at 350f till risen (set).

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Cakes and pastries mailed out.

Christmas cake made.

Tags and gift cards made.

Just finishing some hand knitted socks!

This weekend will go searching for the tallest tree I can find!

Creating an English garden from scratch here in the deep south

window basketsRoses can be planted any time of the year that you can get a spade in the ground.  Be careful when purchasing knockouts.  My knockout roses are diseased with the rose rosette “nasty” and it looks like I will have to dig them out.  I think I may have bought a diseased one that contaminated my others.  I can’t remember which nursery I was at but I was watching the assistant cut off the heavy gnarled overgrowth that the disease produces.  I was oblivious to the cause at the time and enquired as to the origin of the overgrowth.  I was misinformed that it was nothing more that a growth spurt and you merely trim them off….that information may have cost me 30 or more rose bushes. 🙁

Wish you were here

img_5115.jpgI would love to know what you’d think and say about how the kids have grown, what they’ve become, who they remind you of, how important they are to you.  I’d like to share my garden with you, though I know just the thought of this heat would make your skin crawl. I wonder what you’d think of America, where I am in my life, all the obstacles I’ve dealt with to get this far. Most of all, I hope you are looking down and know that we are happy,  that you would be pleased for us and with us.

Creating Generational Wealth

img_5172.jpgMy business coach was discussing generational wealth, focusing on removing the ” noise ” from ones life and being goal driven. The ability to change people’s lives. I had a digression day yesterday. 1 hour 40 mins in the pool as part of my cancer recovery program. Delivering fig tarts and other edibles to friends, stopped in the office to chat with a colleague. We discussed his work load and my ” lack of” this year.

Easy like a Sunday morning

img_5190.jpgI love baking on Sunday morning. Here are some photos of just a few of the tasty treats that come from my kitchen.

Let the healing begin

img_5164-1.jpgWe begin year eight at an English cottage garden in the Deep South. Created one day at a time….by the hands of my amazing husband. Extremely personal… I can feel the love each time I step out, come rain, shine, whatever. Six months into my recovery, this place has given me immense joy. So privileged to call this home.

Tudor style bird house

img_5012-1.jpgThis lovely birdhouse was made in the style of the listed buildings in my hometown of Shrewsbury,UK. Made for me by my friend Wilette Beasley Johnson, who has only seen pictures of where I come from. Hours upon hours of work. An amazing gift, an amazing talent. Thank you!