Winter – Orchids

Winter in the garden is quiet and cold, the crab apple trees, the smoke bush, the roses are leafless,  but I love the bright yellow of the lemon fruits.   The black birds our faithful visitors were there, in fact I saw from the kitchen window  they were enjoying themselves.

It is cold outside, but it is good to be spending time with the loved ones, I like the quotation of -Edith Sitwell: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Rose Plants

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new leaves of roses plants

Winter Trees-Crab Apple and Silver birch.

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101_5071There are not many  colours and flowers in the garden, the white begonia and nasturtium flowers were destroyed by the frost, but the orchids give me a lot of hope.  My orchid collection is doing alright, the winter flowering is colourful, from bright pink, pearl white, soft pink, to red.

The Orchids

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Mini cymbidium cascading  orchid
Mini cymbidium cascading orchid
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Large cymbidium orchids with it’s buds

The largest pot has seven stems, but the rest of the plants which are in flowers,  have only one or two flowers.  Over all the orchids are good, but could be better.

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Hot Pink up right cymbidium
Cutting Orchids Flowers in a red vase
Cutting Orchids Flowers in a red vase

Does cut orchids stay longer in a vase ?  A question that I would like answers, time will tell, it is for the first time I have orchids display in a vase, usually I have the flowers from its plant.

Winter Harvest

Citruses are ready to be picked, the lemons are yellow ready to harvest.  Pomelo fruits are larger this time and taste much better than of the previous year.

Pomelo harvest 2014
Pomelo harvest 2014

I must keep them properly in a dry place, the longer they are kept the sweeter flavour is going to be.  The flesh  (the pomelo) is thick, but the bitter flavour is still there at the moment. Pomelo grows better in the tropical country, I have sweet memory about it, I used to have a large and juicy pomelo.  The mixed tropical fruits with the palm sugar dressing was an afternoon treat for us kids.  It was almost a ritual the way the fruit  salad was served, it was a delight.

The vegetable patch is empty, only some lettuce and self sown vegetables are growing.  I am pretty pleased that I could manage to have masclun salad and nasturtium from the garden.

The greens of the vegetable patch
The greens of the vegetable patch

Fresh garden green salads are always there for the family, we have cooked vegetable as well, having  a dish without a salad or cooked vegetables is not a complete meal.

Greens and Edable flavours
Greens and edible flavours
Musclan salad with chicken ballotine in brioche
Musclan salad with chicken ballotine in brioch

Winter Baking and Winter Warmer

Moist chicken wings, stuffed with mushroom, mince chicken and herbs were baked.   To make the best of the  oven, another baking took place.  It was savoury crackers with cheese.  How easy it’s to have home made savouries which benefit us all, as the salt and spices can be controlled.

 

Stuffed Chicken Wings
Stuffed Chicken Wings, ready to bake
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Baked stuffed chicken wing, beautiful and golden
Crackers ready to bake
Crackers ready to bake
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Baked cheese crackers

The best winter warmer is soups, you can serve it in a bowl or a cup,  hold the cup and sit close by the fire.  From vegetables soup to smooth roasted pumpkin, this winter my family enjoy them thoroughly.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
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Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Yoghurt

 

Winter cooking involving baking, roasting,  long braising, in my kitchen, but no recipe to be shared in this post, hopefully it  will be next time.

It has been a good Winter, and I am looking forward to Spring, the next season.

 

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov

 

Thanks For Visiting

Susi

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Roses and Citruses

 

The last roses in the garden, before pruning.  It is time to harvest  the limes, lemons and pomelo.  Snapshots of roses and citruses from my garden.

THE ROSES

The rest of the roses are ready for a rest, they are no longer flowering. That’s the last red rose, I thought I have to safe it from the cold, now it is inside the house.

The white iceberg roses have been stop flowering for a while, and also the mini roses.

Pruning is a big job, and it has to be done yearly and correctly, I am glad that I did it this time without any trouble.

 

THE  CITRUSES

Lime and pomelo are giving us a good harvest this year, but the mandarin is not doing very well.

The limes are more than enough for what I need, surely I could share the fruits with friends.

The pomelo tree is a standard tree which is very small tree, but amazingly it can carry seven large fruits this time.  I have a recipe to share.

 

Pomelo and Avocado Salad

A cup of pomelo meat or flash

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon almond silvered.

Dressing

Juice of a lime

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Fresh herbs-flat parsley

(Mix all ingredients together)

Place the pomelo, avocado in a serving bowl, add in the dressing (prior serving).

Toss them together, garnished with the almonds.

Serve the salad with: grilled fish, or chicken.  It is good too, to accompany with fried fish in batter.

The new lemon tree has about a dozen fruits also, the plant has settled well.

It is a late Winter now.   The new young leaves of the roses have started to come out.

The garden looks so dull but thanks to the citruses, specially the yellow lemons for lighting up the garden, 

 

Indeed there are no roses during Winter, but the orchids are coming to flowers.  No, no dull moment actually, always flowers for us.

 

 

Until the next post.

Thanks For Visiting

Susi