|Kim's Peach and Pink Garden Roses |
in front of Nik de Masi abstract painting
I borrowed a huge stainless steel stockpot from a friend for jar sterilising and processing. And I was a bit handicapped by size of jars available for which I had proper lids to create a properly processed jam. Never mind, I forged ahead anyhow. I found several recipes and settled on Peach and Rosemary Jam, which allowed me to take advantage of some sprigs from our huge rosemary hedges in the back yard (growing along/above the stone retaining walls). Peaches got stones removed and then peeled. And got put in a big bowl with just over 1 kg of sugar, lemon juice, and four generous sprigs of fresh garden rosemary. This all was left to macerate half the day, and I turned it over with a good stir every hour on the hour.
|skimmed off foam in bowl left of jam pan|
|peach and pink foam in boiling ja|
|White Nectarines and Peach Syrup over|
Vanilla Ice Cream
|Peach Syrup and|
Peach & Rosemary Jam
And on the subject of peach and pink coloured objects, just happen to have stunning roses in the garden in these colours, and ready to bring in for a vase. I put them in a pretty clear blue glass vase. And photographed them to add the shots to my photo reference library (for art and artistic inspiration). I believe all the flowers in the vase to be David Austin varieties. Two are known by name and two are not. The warm mid pink on upper and far left and peachy at middle are Eglantyne and Evelyn respectively. The peach on right are believed to be one of the D. Austin Leander group, and I am not sure which exact name they are (A Shropshire Lad ? William Morris ? those are my best guesses). They are on a shrub that wants to climb and the flowers are in clusters and weigh down the ends of the branches they are on. The arrangement here has another (just one, on lower left, more cup shaped and cooler pink hued bloom) pink rose which has a heavenly scent and whose name I do not yet know. I am still working out what varieties and names roses we have in the legacy collection here (some like Eglantyne and Evelyn had small metal ID tags, but others do not, or their tags have gone lost).
|same roses as above in front of |
Hydrangeas by Jacqueline Coates
|again, roses in front of abstract painting |
by Nik de Masi
I have not before thought to photograph flowers in front of some of the paintings we have, using the paintings as backdrops. Today this just happened, by accident. But I liked it. Two of the shots (top and below) are in front of a stunning abstract painting in greens and orange I have in my office, by Nik de Masi. The second is in front of Hydrangeas, by Jacqueline Coates. I like both of these paintings as backdrops for this arrangement. Very much in fact. (hard to choose which I like the best). Inspired compositions !