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@nigelslater
Writing companions. Rosa Boscobel, dahlia Edge of Joy and an unnamed pelargonium.
Wed 20th June 2018
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Rosa Munstead Wood, particularly fragrant this evening outside the kitchen door. Introduced in 2007 by @david_austin_roses and named after the home of the garden designer and writer Gertrude Jekyll, it has become one of my favourite roses.
Wed 13th June 2018
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The view from my kitchen window. A tiny space where ferns grow out of the walls and where I drink my coffee on a summer’s morning.
Sat 9th June 2018
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A sorbet of roasted apricots. The brief cooking with a little sugar intensified the fruit’s often elusive flavour. Details in my @obsmagazine column on Sunday.
Fri 8th June 2018
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Each year, during the first week of June, the garden gets a gentle summer trim. The yew and box hedges are clipped and the canopy of the medlar tree is thinned out. This is its last weekend before we get the shears out.
Sat 2nd June 2018
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“I’ve got something to tell you, lamb chop.” A moment from the stage production of my childhood memoir Toast. Currently at The Lowry theatre in Salford and moving to the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival in August, the play is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan. I have watched this scene with @samueljnewton as young Nigel and @lizziemuncey as Mum many times now and always end up in tears. The gorgeous set is by @libbydesigner and the food direction is by James Thompson. The sensitive treatment of my little story is the most beautiful gift I have ever received. Seeing the standing ovations, reading the reviews and chatting with members of the audience has been a total joy. I can never thank the cast, company and everyone involved enough. And thank you to @marksandspencerfoodpr and @toastale for their support. 👏👏🎭💐💕 Photo courtesy The Other Richard.
Fri 1st June 2018
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Spring bank holiday. The studio kitchen, where I work on the recipes with James, and where we photograph them for @obsmagazine with Jonnie Lovekin. So strange to see it quiet and empty on a weekday. Can’t wait to see this space back to its usual self tomorrow. But for now I shall let it sleep.
Mon 28th May 2018
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At the end of the garden, amongst the ivy and yew, the mock orange (philadelphus) is currently in full bloom. The acid green leaves sing out from the rest of the black-green foliage, and the scent of the pure white flowers is caught between the high yew hedges that enclose this part of the garden.
Sat 26th May 2018
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The audience seating for Toast at The Lowry is actually part of the set. It’s like my life told through chairs, lino and lamp shades. Every one of these chairs has played a part in my life, at school or home, or somewhere I lived or worked. Thank you Libby Watson for our perfect set and wardrobe. It is everything I dreamed it might be. 💕💕 @the_lowry @libbydesigner
Thu 24th May 2018
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Sneak peep. Watching rehearsals for Toast @the_lowry which opens tonight. This is going to be, as we used to say when I was a boy, FAB. 🍞💕
Wed 23rd May 2018
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On the set of Toast, which opens tonight at The Lowry. Mum’s dear old Aga, just like one she warmed my pyjamas on. @the_lowry
Wed 23rd May 2018
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Lush planting, including ethereal blue meconopsis at @chrisbeardshawdesign Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC. There is a predominance of ‘structures’ at Chelsea this year. A few too many for me TBH and I feel some gardens would be better without them. So this swathe of lush, tight planting is a joy to behold. #rhschelsea
Mon 21st May 2018
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If there is one flower dominating #rhschelsea this year it is the foxglove and I couldn’t be happier. This mesmerising stand botanicnursery.co.uk. #rhschelsea
Mon 21st May 2018
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A hidden tea house. Deep inside Mr Ishihara’s Hospitality Garden At #rhschelsea
Mon 21st May 2018
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Tottering By Gently, a new rose from David Austin. The softest egg yellow, single, understated, very gentle scent. Just what I was looking for. Thank you #rhschelsea #davidaustinroses
Mon 21st May 2018
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My favourite garden this year. The incomparable Mr Ishihara does it again. I love this man’s gardens. Moss, acers, iris, moving water. #rhschelsea
Mon 21st May 2018
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Rosa Souvenir de Madame Leonie de Viennot. She always blooms for Chelsea. Even this year, when so many others in my garden are a few weeks late. #rhschelsea
Sun 20th May 2018
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Roast chicken, ginger, chilli and sesame. A punchy salad for a sunny spring day. Details in today’s @obsmagazine and from tomorrow on nigelslater.com
Sun 20th May 2018
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Peony rockii in full bloom. Each year, another flower or two. Twelve this summer. I have my heart set on another, so it has a friend, though quite where I would put it in this jam-packed little garden is another matter. Let’s see what I find at #RHSChelsea next week. There’s always something wonderful there.
Thu 17th May 2018
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The white jasmine seems, at last, to have decided to grow along the supports we put in last year. Early days, but it seems to like the idea. Hopefully the tangle of branches will shade the little space below, a tiny, hidden courtyard where I like to have my breakfast on summer mornings.
Sun 13th May 2018
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