Mushrooms and bargains

If I’m honest, I haven’t spent any quality time in the garden for nearly two weeks. The last things we did were plant Autumn garlic, pull up the last of the veg and have a quick tidy up. Since then there has been little reason to venture out. The only plants flowering at the moment are pansies and cyclamen. We picked them up from the dead section of a garden centre and after a bit of water and some deadheading they sprung to life.

Pink and yellow pansies

Pink cyclamen

Cyclamen

We went to a Christmas fair at the weekend and I picked up an orange fizz geranium (scented pelargonium) for 75p. It would have been rude not to wouldn’t it? I have a bit of a thing for scented geraniums so I couldn’t leave it behind. Poor Scott had to put up with me repeatedly rubbing the leaves and putting my finger under his nose, haha!

Young geranium plant

Orange fizz scented geranium

The kale nero is loving the cold wet weather. This plant (along with lots of others and some terracotta pots) was given to us by our friend Linda back in June and a few weeks ago she passed away. It’s the last of the plants she gave us so I might just leave it for as long as it wants to stay. Back in the Summer it was battered by slugs and caterpillars so it’s a bit of a miracle it’s still going.

Leafy green kale with raindrops

Kale nero

If your garden is anything like mine it’s full of fungus at the moment. Little mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere; it starts with one and lots follow. They were growing amongst our winter salad leaves and because I’m pretty sure they’re not edible I didn’t want them rubbing on our food. I had visions of us sitting on the sofa with eyes like frying pans watching colours float around the room! An old book recommended sprinkling cinnamon on the soil and raking it in. It worked a treat – no more mushrooms in the salad. Elsewhere they are growing happily.

Small mushrooms growing in pot

Garlic shoots are starting to push their way through the soil – this one is elephant garlic.

Green shoot poking out of the soil

Elephant garlic shoot

It’s getting to that time of year again where the Christmas rose springs to life. Last year it flowered in April but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it happens in December this year. What kind of Christmas rose flowers in April!? 🙂

Dark green leaves in pot

Christmas rose

This has been a bit of a soggy looking post and I nearly froze taking the photos in my pyjamas, coat and bobble hat (sexy!) but it was nice to get back out there again. I do love Autumn and Winter but I am missing the buzz of a Summer garden.

23 Comments

  1. Yes, our garlic is sprouting. As indeed are the winter onions too. I do find it hard work to be inspired though when it’s not only damp but so dark and grey all day!

    • I’ve never planted Winter onions – I’ll have to look into that. I was okay until we took the last of the veg out of the garden and now it looks a bit sad and empty.

  2. Sorry to hear about the passing of your friend,but how lovely to have something to remember her by.
    An interesting tip on the cinnamon and fungus, never heard of that before. I’m feeling the loss of Summer too, perhaps if it could stop raining we’d enjoy Autumn a lot more!

    • I wasn’t sure if it would work but thought it was worth a try. Result! I agree, less rain would be nice 🙂

  3. Cinnamon ey? Well it has to be good for something (there’s a real hint of Christmas spice hatred right there from me!)
    Lovely to still have flowers blooming and things shooting up through the ground.I’m terribly sorry to hear about Linda, comforting to have something physical around that reminds you of her though.
    And I thought I was the only one daft enough to go out in PJs with a camera…

    Almost deserves some cheese and chorizo on chunky handcut wedges of toast.

    My work here is done 😉

    Thanks for joining in again! x

    • I’m guessing you’ve never tried the cinnamon challenge then? I have and haven’t felt as much love for it since. We have a few things sprouting but I never quite got around to have a garden full of Winter veggies this year. Damn you with the cheese on toast! 😀

  4. I’ve never heard of scented geraniums before. They sound nice. My children are always rubbing the Rosemary and mint in the pots and making me smell their fingers! Your garden looks so healthy still compared to mine. Really shoud get out before it’s too late and tend to it!

  5. I’m currently looking out at snow, and I can’t quite decide if that is better or worse than the mud it is covering 🙂 So sorry to hear about your friend, I’m glad the Kale is still going strong for you x

  6. Ha ha ha I had to giggle at the last statement, I too was out early in the morning with my pj’s tucked into my wellies, big coat and bobble hat on taking frosty pictures 🙂 lovely pictures x #HDYGG

    • Glad I’m not the only one 🙂 I’m probably creating a reputation for myself as the village loon though…

  7. That cavolo nero looks lovely and a lovely reminder to have of your friend. I think I’d prefer the bright/cold days to the damp/dreary ones any time x

  8. Scented geraniums sound interesting. I need to take stock of my garden and do some planning and head off to the garden centre. I think I’m missing out!

    • Planning BEFORE heading to the garden centre is something I should do more often…

  9. I would love to have sneaked a peek of you taking these photos! I sometimes feed the animals in my PJs, a coat and wellies but only if we don’t have gite guests staying! Interesting tip about the cinnamon – I wonder why it causes mushrooms to die?

    • I think going out in our PJs is part of being an outdoorsy person 🙂 I think it works because cinnamon has anti fungal properties, so it kills the fungus spores.

  10. Oh great tip about the cinnamon! That made me chuckle picturing you and your chap with frying pan eyes hehe. I always look at mushrooms wondering if they are edible but am very risk adverse when it comes to actually eating them!! Sorry to hear about your friend. x

    • Same here – I’m not sure I’d trust myself to correctly identify which are edible. Maybe a mushroom foraging course is the way to go, I like the idea of mushroom picking.

  11. Lovely as usual Gemma, I had a tear in my eye when you mentioned Linda’s curly kale. I love the autumnal picture at the bottom, well done (thank you for the cinnamon tip much better than using chemical based products)

    • Yes, that’s what we thought. The cinnamon we used was out of date but it still worked. Linda’s kale is still going strong 🙂

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