Tag Archive | Flowers

Inspirational blue hue

Do you like my new garden? Ok, I wish! However this magnificent garden has excited and inspired me.

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The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech was designed and built by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It took forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

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It remained a private garden until designer Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to Marrakesh, the city that had adopted him in 1964. Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the electric-blue villa and its garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public. Thanks to Marrakshi ethnobotanist Abderrazak Benchaâbane, the garden Majorelle began cultivating in 1924 is now a psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents.

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The planting was incredible; cacti, yuccas, water lilies, coconut trees, banana tree palms, and bamboo have been brought in from all over the world to sit alongside vivid flowers.

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The special shade of bold cobalt blue which he used extensively in the garden and its buildings is named after him, bleu Majorelle—Majorelle Blue. The blue painted walls and pool edges give the garden a cohesive cooling feel. 

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Clay pots painted in bright lemon, orange, and blue line the raised polished terracotta colored cement paths that wind through immaculately maintained beds of carefully spaced plants. 

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It is these vivid colours that give the garden it’s signature character. Their brilliant hues set off the various shades of green and blue in the plants.  The ground is mulched with a pink crushed stone that is native to the area and is the predominant colour of buildings in Marrakesh.

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I’m not sure what The Glen House would look like painted in such vivid shades…

Watch this space…

Melissa xx

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Pretty Edible Flowers- Wild Garlic

Joan over at retirement and beyond posted at the weekend about beautiful flowers in the Irish countryside. Stunning bluebells (I was reading her post wishing we had more here at The Glen House) and wild garlic (oh how pretty I thought)…. HANG ON A MINUTE, they look like the white flowers growing all around The Glen House. I dashed home to pick a bit, wash it and try….. OH WOW!!

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So unbeknownst to me, this incredible herb and salad leaf has been growing all around. The delicate white flowers on long, grass-like stems are like a white bluebell, however the white flower has a slight garlicy smell.

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Seemingly, there are dozens of similar plants called ‘wild garlic’ that are grown across the world. The Irish one grows in damp woodland as a floor covering, which creates a fantastic spectacle of white blooms appearing in April and May.

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When picking your wild garlic, be sure to only pick healthy, undamaged specimens and give them a good wash before using. I used scissors to snip the garlic off at the base.

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The whole of the plant is edible; the flowers have a mild, garlicky flavour and are perfect for salads and garnishes. The long, grass-like leaves can be snipped into salads and savoury dishes as you would use chives. Or as I did, blitzed up as a pesto or sauces. The bulbs can be sautéed up like shallots, or leave them in the ground for next year’s crop!

Here’s my wild garlic pesto recipe, I adapted it from Donal Skehan.

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50g of Parmesan cheese, grated
140ml of extra virgin olive oil
40g of pine nuts
80g of wild garlic leaves, stems cut off, washed and dried
Sea salt and ground black pepper

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Having thoroughly washed the wild garlic, place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.

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Once blitzed, I added a little more oil to loosen the mixture up.

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Season with sea salt and ground black pepper and taste.

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Transfer to clean jars and top with an extra drizzle of oil to create a seal. The jars will keep in the fridge for at least one week. And hey presto I have pesto!

Melissa xx

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Flower power

The garden is in full bloom at The Glen House.

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Everywhere from the entrance to the drive, to the back door is now blooming.

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These beautiful Hyacinths come in a variety of colours and shades, and have an amazingly strong sweet fragrance.

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The garden even has some wonderful funky plant holders, a present from a dear friend! These bright red Tulips contrast the teacup and teapot really well.

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Of course, The Glen House wouldn’t be complete without a little guest.

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Happy Tuesday!

Melissa xx

Springtime windows

It’s not raining! In fact it’s a beautiful spring day. So inspired by the sun light, I’ve gone about brightening up the windows on the landing in The Glen House.

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White tea light lanterns with glass panels sit beside some stunning lemon coloured roses. The light gleams through the panels and the vase, throwing some much-needed light onto the stairs. Nestled in front of the vase are two cute wooden owls.

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A beautiful wooden boat sits in the corner window, softly lit by a small table lamp.

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Some Hyacinths sit alongside some old ceramic jars, I can’t wait for the smell…. (Rubbish photos must buy camera)!

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A wonderful Christmas present sits on the bottom landing window;the carved wooden heart candle holder with a glass vase inside spreads the light both day and night.

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Roll on the stretch in the evenings!

Melissa xx