SARAH THE GARDENER

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Blast from the Past: Autumn is doing what Autumn does

… But it is doing it without me!  My super secret project is still  keeping me indoors bashing out words on my  keyboard and I looking out my window at another clear blue sky day and sighing.  It is perfect…

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Pictures will have to do

Over the last seven days I have written well over eight thousand words and my fingers actually ache.  But it wasn’t all slaving over a worn keyboard – indulging in breaks in the garden where I got to feel the…

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How flowers get their colours.

I’m relatively new to growing flowers.  In the past I just saw them as frivolous accessories that were more of a luxury in the garden and demanded just as much attention as the delicious edible goodies that were a much…

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After the Storm

My poor garden  is suffering from a bit of neglect that goes a little deeper than the usual seasonal overload and fatigue.  There have been secret projects, general unwellness and a storm.  The garden is a little …  messy.  …

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The Donkeys Egg

I have a vague recollection from when I was a kid.  There were these school books we had to read to help us in our journey towards literacy.  There were a few books in the series, filled with short stories…

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Garlic on my mind

I had to buy garlic again this week and I looked at those fat juicy bulbs and felt pangs of despair.  It seems so unfair that I don’t have overflowing baskets and bulging braids of similar sized garlic stored in…

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Looking for beauty among the weeds

Because it is the least I can do with my ever so slightly overgrown garden.  I’m working on a bit of a project that has torn me from my garden for days on end.  I’m not disappointed with this project,…

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I tried to make marshmallow – the old school way.

This is another of those weird and wonderful things that find their way into my odds and sods bed.  I spotted the seeds in a catalogue last winter.  It seems like such a long time ago now, but I remember…

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The tomatoes were the star of the show

Tonight’s meal was another fabulous offering, straight from the garden, but created especially for the seasonal delicacies by the lovely Warren Elwin for Bite magazine in the New Zealand Herald and inspired by what is going on in my garden. …

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Reaping what has been sown.

My recent article in Bite, the fabulous foodie section of the NZ Herald came with a wonderful accompaniment, a collection of recipes to complement what is being harvested in my garden.  Each one was a mouth-watering wonder and it only made…

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