Garden Colour: Matchy Matchy Makes Curb Appeal

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A “doubled colour” effect when the house colour matches garden material, like this yellow magnolia.

Does the garden shrub match the drapes, er, shutters? Or even a door? Let’s hope yes! Garden elements, like colours of flowers, shrubs or trees doubly compliment your front yard curb appeal when you provide a matching paint colour. It’s a effect that guarantees a pleasing colour harmony on your front step.

There are many effective examples of harmonious paint and plant pairings. Consider orange daylilies, or a Japanese Maple with orange bark against an orange door. While these opportune colour pairings may only last part of the season, they are worth keeping in mind when selecting either house paint or plants. This yellow magnolia comes into bloom with a sunny cheerfulness in early spring and warms the whole corner. The yellow flowers wouldn’t have the same satisfying effect against red brick.

 



Buckwheat Is Amazing

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Buckwheat  has been part of the human diet as far back as the seventh millennium B.C., when it was grown in South Asia. From there it made its way to central Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Japan. Of all the crops that are cultivated, buckwheat grows at the highest elevations, having been grown in the plateaus of China and Tibet at altitudes unsuitable for rice, wheat or other grasses. Indeed, Buckwheat isn’t even a grass, it is heartier and more closely related to rhubarb, and the little nut that we eat is not a grain, it is an achene-the plant’s fruit that contains its seed.

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How To Make The Perfect Yorkshire Pudding

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Yorkshire pudding, that delightful egg and flour quick bread so closely associated with roast beef dinner, has been around since the mid eighteenth century and is in no danger of going out of style. Whether you call them “Yorkshire Pudding” or “popovers”, these light and irresistible quick breads, golden brown and piping hot out of the oven and covered with butter or gravy are just about the best things you can pop out of the oven and into your mouth. Continue »



Praise For The Parsnip

parsnip-seed-packet   Parsnips are one of our favourite root vegetables; closely related to the carrot and parsley root, they have their own unique flavour profile and an unmistakable nutty sweetness that comes through loud and clear. Parsnips can be roasted, glazed, mashed or pureed, they are especially good peeled in strips and deep fried for parsnip chips. You can even eat them raw, sliced thin for crudité or in a matchstick for salads, they have a peppery bite that you don’t get from them when cooked.  Continue »



How To Remove Scale on Houseplants

Clean as a whistle, this is how you want your houseplants to look when you bring them inside for winter.

Clean as a whistle, this is how you want your houseplants to look when you bring them inside for winter.

Confession: I’m not a big fan of housekeeping around the house, but for some reason I don’t mind doing a little Suzie Homemaker-ing for my plants. Case in point, I’ve been bringing in my houseplants for the winter, and noticed that a favorite ivy plant looked a bit iffy, with some yellow spots. Close inspection discovered a small brown bump on one of the  leaves. Ack! Scale!

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