One of my favourite posts — especially since this summer was a bust! Do enjoy.
It’s such a joy to grow things.
And even more satisfying to know that the stuff we’re eating is from our own garden.
This year, as I walked through the garden, I found myself eating berries and vegetables before I even got them into the house.
Instead of making jelly, I ate the currants fresh from the bush every day.
Asparagus spears, delicious when eaten fresh, often didn’t make it into the kitchen.
Same for the raspberries and even some tomatoes.
Being able to forage for food in one’s own garden is a privilege.
Recently, we’ve made herb oils (basil, in this case).
And I’ve made peach cake.
Knowing my tragic history with baking cakes, my family was impressed by how well it turned out.
I was so impressed with my baking victory that I kept making the same cake over and over again.
“Make her stop!” younger daughter begged…
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22 thoughts on “Garden Joys”
The cake thing made me laugh. Sounds like a way to make some bake sale cash for charity. I’ve been eating my little tomatoes right out of the garden too. At least those I didn’t give away. I gave the large tomatoes to neighbors since I can’t seem to eat them. It’s a small way to pay back or forward kindness. I wouldn’t be making jam from the berries either. I used to sit under our weeping mulberry and just eat as well as the apricots. Nothing ever made it inside. I have little tomatoes now for breakfast. I get it. 🙂
A woman after my own heart! Yes.
Wonderful reminders of summers past, harvest bounty, and the joys of gardens. Thank you Cynthia!
Here’s a wish for a better summer next time Cynthia. Our last summer was ‘a bust’ too – I do like that saying 🙂 Maybe this was a fortuitous time for you to be incapacitated. You’ll be firing on all cylinders by the time the next (fabulous) summer swings round………..
That’s so optimistic, my friend. Thank you!
It is a joy to grow things, and eat one’s way through the garden! To share the excess with friends and neighbors, and just to be out among the green and growing is good for the soul. Here’s to many a bountiful, and healthy, summer to come!
I have never grown, or eaten fresh currants. Those look delicious! I may have try growing some now. 🙂
Oh, what a lovely response, Lavinia. And now I’m heading over to your blog – let’s hope a new newsletter awaits, young lady!
Peach cake! That looks so comforting – definitely on my to “to cook” list in the upcoming weeks!
It is wonderful to grow food in your own garden. My childhood was like that, where everyone had a vegetable garden. I am looking forward to growing lettuces next month when our weather cools down.
Wowsah! That’s some garden you have, and that cake is beautiful. Made my mouth water, that’s for sure.
If I ever made a cake like that, I’d make it over and over again.
Nice job with the cake, Cynthia. I struggle with pies, so I stick with cookies. 🙂
While the water boiled on the stove my brothers and I harvested from the garden; from vegetables and fruits to fresh herbs; often indulging in the decadent freshness before the soil had time to resettle. It is a privilege to forage for food in one’s own garden 🙂
I feel the same way as you, Cynthia: Nothing beats the pleasure and satisfaction of growing and harvesting your own. Lovely pics to accompany your words. 🙂
Thank you, Annette. I know how much you love your own garden, as I love mine.
I keep wishing for a garden but I haven’t been able to do anything about it — yet. It’s true, there’s nothing better than fresh food from your own garden. I’ve experienced it once in my life and wish for it again. Your cake thing sounds like me. If I stumble on a recipe that comes out good and people like, I tend to run it into the ground! LOL!
A girl after my own heart. Thanks. It’s good to know there are others such in this world! (smile)
OH, I’m so envious of your beautiful garden. The veg looks beautiful. And so does the cake! 🙂
What a wonderful harvest. I would love some of your cake. 🌼🌼🌼
There is nothing better than home grown food! It always tastes so good. Your pumpkins look amazing …
We have successfully grown grapes to the point to being sweat for the first time. Usually mold and birds consume them before we do. – Oscar
That’s great news! Birds took all our red currants this year. One day there, next day not.