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@nigelslater
Yellow Currant tomatoes on the Robinson Seeds vegetable stand. This is definitely one for me next year, in a pot on the kitchen steps. #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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James L Austin, a new rose to me, on the David Austin stand at #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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Every garden has a story. The World Horse Welfare Garden at this year's RHSChelsea, with its delightfully derelict stable, the story of a rescued horse. #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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A miso mayonnaise for warm asparagus. Made in the classic way, slowly beating oil to the egg yolks, but finished with a little white miso and lemon zest. A break from Hollandaise, which I love so much I've had it half a dozen times this season already. Details, and a spring vegetable pilau in @obsmagazine 21.05.17. Plate by Toru Hatta.
Sat 20th May 2017
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Next week is #rhschelsea, the annual marker for my garden to get the first of it's half-yearly trims. (The Chelsea Chop.) I look forward to the show so much, not only for the fabulous and inspirational show gardens but for the vast marquee and its exhibitors. This year I shall be on the hunt for more alliums, foxgloves and hardy ferns, but there is always a surprise or two waiting there. #rhschelsea
Thu 18th May 2017
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The left hand side of the garden, underneath the medlar tree, is moist, cool and dark. Everything I planted there failed. Three years ago, I had the idea of planting ferns, and they are now happily established there. A fizzing spring green at the moment, they will darken to a rich, sombre green as the summer goes on.
Tue 16th May 2017
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The unstoppable Mme Léonie Viennot. For three weeks each May, she is weighed down with huge, scented pink and cream blooms. Once every three years she gets a tough pruning (due this year). Against all odds her roots are confined in a shaded basement, yet she seems blissfully happy. (Rosa Souvenir de Madame Léonie Viennot.)
Sat 13th May 2017
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Prawn and pomegranate miang bites @farangldn. Spicy, crunchy, refreshing, a brilliant start to a gorgeous dinner.
Fri 12th May 2017
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Yew hedges, at the far end of the garden, on the site of what used to be a rubbish tip. Fuzzy with new growth, this is their last fortnight before their twice-yearly trim. This year I shall be looking for tiny, woodland plants to put between the ferns. #rhschelsea
Thu 11th May 2017
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Spring frittata. Young carrots, broad beans and asparagus. Details theguardian.com
Wed 10th May 2017
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Cairo tulips, the first scented variety I have grown (they smell like wallflowers) still singing their hearts out, even as they fade. (Note to self, plant more tulips this year.) @sarahravenperchhill
Fri 5th May 2017
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Dark sourdough at Chef & Sommelier in Helsinki. Black as treacle, deep liquorice notes eaten with marigold petal butter. Long one of my favourite places to eat, it is the local ingredients that enchant: this year's dinner included douglas fir, sea buckthorn, pickled rowan berries, smoked pike, pickled rhubarb, a sorbet of cloudberries and a pine needle ice cream. "We pick the rowans on the way to work."
Mon 1st May 2017
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Snow on parrot tulips, Finland.
Sun 30th April 2017
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Apple terrine, toasted walnuts, elderflower sorbet. In Finland once again, writing during the day, returning to favourite places to eat and drink at night. This dessert #ateljefinne
Sat 29th April 2017
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Wild scilla siberica, spring morning, Finland.
Fri 28th April 2017
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A bright, sharp salad for a spring day. The marriage of pickled rhubarb and salmon shouldn't have really come as a surprise to me, the astringency of the rhubarb working in much the same way with the fish as sorrel or lemon does. Details @obsfood, Sunday 23.04.17 and guardian.co.uk
Sun 23rd April 2017
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A place to read. A few years ago, when I first came to this house, this was a lawn. An almost hidden iron bench, surrounded by rosa chinensis, choisya and honeysuckle, the space is now somewhere to sit with a book.
Sat 22nd April 2017
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Smoked haddock and spinach tart, herb pastry. Quiet flavours for a spring day. Details in @obsfood on Sunday 23.04.17
Sat 22nd April 2017
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The smaller of the two Cornus kousa, in full bloom, Easter Sunday. Her older sister, a few feet away, is still in bud. This is her moment.
Sun 16th April 2017
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Chelsea Physic Garden, Monday 10th April. Tucked away in the garden, a little surprise for visitors. (Made from old wooden apple crates and moss.)
Tue 11th April 2017
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