Mid June blooming plants and gardens. Lots of activity in our gardens and thankfully nurseries are now open and not so busy as the first week.
More pictures will be added during the week
Sorrel is a slender herbaceous perennial plant about 60 cm (24 in) high, with roots that run deep into the ground, as well as juicy stems and edible, arrow-shaped leaves. The leaves, when consumed raw, have a tart, lemon-y taste.
Rumex acetosa occurs in grassland habitats throughout Europe from the northern Mediterranean coast to northern Scandinavia and in parts of Central Asia. It occurs as an introduced species in parts of New Zealand, Australia and North America.
Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be pureed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant’s sharp taste is due to oxalic acid.
Sorrel is used in a number of dishes including stews, soups and salads. The Troisgros bothers of France invented “salmon escalope” with sorrel sauce in 1962 which was emblematic of French nouvelle cuisine.
We grow common (aka French) sorrel in our garden. It is a hardy cold weather preferring plant that grows quickly in early spring. Its growth slows down during the heat of summer then picks up again in the fall. Sorrel is one of the last plants to succumb to frost in November.
We use it to prepare Sorrel soup in the spring and fall. Europe has several versions of this soup. Ours is a simple potato based soup we believe comes from France. The silky green soup has a tart lemony flavor. The tartness can be enhance or reduced depending on the amount of raw sorrel leaves you add before pureeing.
Sorrel; 2 – 3 spinach sized bunches
1- 2 Onions
1 – 2 Med Potatoes
Water to cover potatoes
Seasoning (Salt, 1 stock cube)
A wide variety of birds live in or pass through Long Branch. In the spring many migrating birds return to our gardens. The locals that remain all year and some of the migrating birds nest in Long Branch. Others visit for a short while and move on.
The Starling pictured is nesting on an actual traffic light, in a back yard, which has been rewired so when it is plugged in, all the lights come on. There is a hole in the top of the traffic light and each spring starlings make a nest inside the light. Right now they have babies and mom and dad starling are very busy bringing food to the nest for junior starlings.