Thursday, September 15, 2016

Flowers, Redcurrant Jelly and a Plaid - GBBD

Despite of autumn, the weather is warm enough and my garden keeps living like in summer. Asters, lilies, ligularia, phlox and of course hydrangea grandiflora reign in the garden. The tall, with large white-pink inflorescence hydrangea bush is sumptuously seen from the entrance. I'd chosen the right place to plant small thin hydrangea trunk 10 years ago. It grows and blooms happily near the gazebo, having sun from midday till evening.


If you, my friends remember, I picked up a lot of redcurrant berries in my garden, see here. And I had to make something with this harvest,  so not thinking a lot I decided to make jelly of redcurrant juice and sugar (1:1). After boiling a mixture of juice and sugar about 20 min I canned jelly in some jars. Yesterday I opened one of these to see how this jelly is. It's very thick and it slowly drops off a spoon. It tastes like fresh redcurrant, sweet-sourly and is good for toasts.  



However the garden work isn't still too much. September is cooler than August, so I've been thinking about new warm clothes. One day I had had an interesting idea to unpick some knitted things that I don't wear now and very soon I had many hanks of yarn of different colors. 
I've crocheted small squares using all yarns, squares are 40 and are unlike. Then I've put them along alternating between the colors and crocheted again one by one.



I crocheted by sides and ironed and here is a new plaid (40 x 150 cm) for winter evenings :). My new plaid reminds me gathered together flower heads.

How is your garden in autumn? Do you need to do something in this time?

38 comments:

  1. Nadezda Hello! Hydrangea paniculata are an enormous flowers! We have a house in my home yard also old Hydrangea paniculata. The shrub is grown really high, and it is an enormous big flowers. Wonderful bush. Autumn on greetings to you.

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    1. I love Hydrangea paniculata, Anne as well, thank you!

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  2. Fantastic gardean! Have a nice day!:)

    xxBasia

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  3. Hello, your hydrangeas are gorgeous. I love the pretty butterfly. Your crocheted piece is beautiful. Lovely images. have a happy day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, happy weekend to you too!

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  4. You've crocheted a garden of flowers for winter and it is as beautiful as the blooms in your garden now. Tasks in the garden slow down in September here. I'm mostly keeping the potted plants watered and pulling a weed here and there. October and November will bring bulb planting and clean up tasks.

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    1. The same is here, Peter. The difference is that potted plants are to be moved to the city, and stored there. I've purchased many bulbs and will plant in October as well.

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  5. What a beautiful and interesting post, Nadezda! Your hydrangeas are wonderful.
    I like very much the plaid you crocheted. The colours (and the combinations) are lovely.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Glad you liked my new plaid, Sara. Happy weekend to you too!

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  6. I don't know what has happened to our peacock butterflies this year!

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    1. Sue, as climate changes, perhaps butterflies move to other places.

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  7. Such a beautiful hydrangea! Do you know the name of this cultivar? It reminds me of my 'Limelight,' but there are several of these tall hydrangeas that look similar. Great photo of the peacock--this is one butterfly we don't have in the U.S. And your new crocheted blanket is lovely. I don't crochet, but I've been working on a baby quilt for my new granddaughter-to-be. I plan to do more sewing and quilting during the winter months--we need something to do when we're not gardening, don't we?

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    1. Yes, we do, Rose :) I do plan to start learning quilting this winter.
      About hydrangea - it's Hydrangea paniculata "Grandiflora" (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=g960)
      I like its flowers but its branches are too weak when in bloom, so I need to put sticks.

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  8. Muy linda la hortensia y todo lo demás. Besos.

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  9. Tu jardín sigue precioso. y es verdad que hay que buscar donde entretenerse en las largas tardes de invierno..Me gusta tu trabajo de ganchilo!!
    Buen fin de semana Nadezda 🙋
    Besos.

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    1. Que bien te ha gustado mi trabajo, espero que puedo usarlo en invierno.
      Gracias Laura!

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  10. Oh, I love redcurrant jelly – I haven’t made that since living in Norway! I don’t grow them so have to buy frozen redcurrants here in a mix with blackcurrants and other berries - I eat them with yoghurt. Lovely to see your garden is still going well, and I was surprised to see you still have lilies in flower, are they 'Muscadet' and ‘Casablanca’ perhaps? Over here my lilies finished earlier than usual as it was so hot for so long.
    I loved your new throw, I haven’t crocheted in many, many years, but this winter I am embroidering another national dress – it is the youngest of my nieces’ turn to get hers next year so I am starting this autumn. Apart from that I have work in the garden all year round, it never stops over here you know. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Helene, you're right, these berries are very useful and tasty, I love eating them from a bush :) This lily is ‘Casablanca’, you guessed.This summer was cool and lilies started blooming in August, one by one and these are the last ones.
      Yesterday I read your book about East London and learned many interesting things I didn't know. It was a pleasure, thank you! I think you have to write another book about your embroideries.

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  11. Your hydrangeas are huge! And they look so fresh. Maybe you can dry some for winter. We have had extremely hot september weather. I am afraid all hydrangeas look like dried brown bushes. Not much fun for drying. Groetjes Hetty

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    1. Good idea, Hetty. These hydrangeas started blooming very early and doing till now getting reddish. I think they will bloom till October :) However I love to touch and smell them too.

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    1. Thanks, it's not a talent: I love to learn new things.

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  13. Those Hydrangeas are magnificent!

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  14. I love your crochet piece, Nadezda! And your garden photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. The lily looks so beautiful! Yummy jam!

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  16. That redcurrant jelly is a wonderful colour! I wish I had taken the time to make some - I used our redcurrants up in summer puddings. May be next year....
    Our hydrangeas seemed to go over early this year. Perhaps the summer was too hot and dry for them. It's lovely to see your Hydrangea grandiflora still flowering its socks off!

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    1. This season my hydrangeas are in bloom second month, our summer was not hot, Sara. The redcurrant berries were such juicy and ripened fast so I made jelly and some very tasty pies:) Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. Hydrangeas are wonderful autum delights. Your Grandiflora is absolutely stunning! Some of mine are performing super well this year, others not so good. They love moisture and I think it's the key to success with them.

    I did tidy up my borders for autumn this past weekend but I still have to plant bulbs for Spring display. Some tulips and all hyacinths that I lift for summer. Oh... and the grass is still growing like mad!

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    1. Grass is growing very fast here too, Tistou. I twice mowed the lawn in September :-) I'm glad you liked my Hydrangeas, they're really beautiful.

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  18. That flowery winter plaid is beautiful Nadezda and your Hydr. Grandiflora is doing wonderful. Your jelly of redcurrants will remember you on cold days of the taste of summer. At the moment there is not much to do in the garden, too early to tidy it for winter, I just leave it and enjoy the last flowers.

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    1. 'Taste of summer' - it's well said Janneke. I'm pleased you liked my plaid, sure it will warm me in winter evenings.

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  19. Hello Nadezda girl !
    Your red current jelly looks delicious ! I just ad some toast for breakfast now I am thinking of your jelly ? LOL
    The new plaid from older yearn is like having a blanket of flowers .. it will be a treat come the colder weather.
    This morning it was actually 3 degrees ! such a change from the crazy heat finally.
    Yes ! Hydrangea are stunning this time of year and yours is has beautiful big heads .. perfect place to have planted it indeed.
    Thank you for stopping by .. I have been in a bit of a struggle this year, so even my blog has suffered.
    Hopefully I can climb back on the horse again and get my gardens ready for winter.
    Good luck with yours girl !
    Take care
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, I'm glad to hear from again, love reading your blog as well.
      I'm sure you'll be better and will enjoy your beautiful garden.
      Here the weather is going colder, rainy and darker.
      Happy new week!

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