the abundance of summer

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Who can resist the fragrance of lavender? Does not everyone think these pretty flowers are inseparable from summer? How lovely are they looking with their soft grey-purple colors, waving in the wind!

I’ve already been collecting some of our lavender and dried them. I will use them for filling lavender sachets and making herbal tea.


woodland strawberries and blackberries


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a part of our vegetable garden with lots of edible flowers: helpful for the bees and other insects and delicious for us!


pumpkins and beans are happily growing together and all kinds of lettuce


purple beans and red cherry tomatoes


different kind of beans accompanied by sunflowers and beetroot with onions, garlic and pasnip


Everything is growing abundantly these days. I can harvest a cucumber or zucchini everyday. One need to be inventive on how to use them in the kitchen. Our girls don’t like a filled zucchini every week (nor do I!). But happily there are lots of alternatives for the ordinary zucchini recipes. One day I made vegan zucchini with corn burgers and they were delicious!

I slowly started collecting garlic and onions. The red and yellow beetroots are really tasteful when roasted in the oven of grated in a fresh salad.

The coming weeks we will enjoy tomatoes, a variety of colored beans, flowers and salads. It’s such a delight to walk in the garden and collect some veggies to cook a healthy meal with.


We had lots of raspberries and I mean really lots and lots! Every week I had to make jam. I combined them with other fruit of our garden like gooseberries. Hopefully I can make enough jam for the coming year… Of course I love to use our summer fruit and edible flowers to decorate this chocolate-beetroot cake. It’s a perfect combination!

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“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.”  Jenny Uglow


P1370807 P1370835P1370820 P1370854P1370833As you probably already know I love, love, love  flowers. I can’t get enough of them, so we even eat them. They look so happy and colorful in a salad. The bees and butterflies know where to find them too. When I wander around in the garden one can hear them buzzing with a lovely noise!

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“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”                    Alfred Austin


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