The garden kept by Rie and NO is a paradise of exiting and unusual plants, a true seed saver garden. At the front door of their house a small Alder Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) tree reside, planted to serve as food for the Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterfly. The appletrees are all grafted with several varieties, one on the other. In this way they can grow more of the old local varieties in very little space. The harvest of each variety is small, but the number of varieties make up for that, and they harvest apples in a full season.
Immediately the quince caught my eye. At a distance it looked like a gourgous wild rose. Close up the flowers are also beautiful. I rarely saw anything as romantic as this quince.
The tender plants, like eggplant, pepper and tomato was already in the ground, and was thriving. Am I too pessimistic waiting until a week into june (or even later) before planting them out? I understood it’s first time they try to grow eggplant outside, but they are experienced with pepper and especially tomatoes.
An eyecatching clump of camassia was to be found in the kitchengarden. It is a bulbous plant, culinary to the north american indians, loved so much they even had wars over the rights of its grounds. NO tells it is hardy and easy to grow, but hasn’t tasted it yet.
In the kitchengarden I could find garlic and cereals (forgot wich species) in front of angelica and sweet Cicily in a impressive combination. Some years ago I had some garlic varieties from this garden!
After the garden walk we enjoyed the juice of rhubarb and angelica. A mixture I found most satisfying, having it for the first time in my life.
Thanks for a beautiful experience.