Author Archives: Ruth Paris

About Ruth Paris

Leadership & executive coach, based near Farnham, Surrey, UK. Love my garden and organic allotment / potager.

tomato themed lunch

Feeling rather pleased with my first focaccia with Sungold tomatoes, even though it was a right old fiddle to make! It was delicious alongside tomato soup, all ingredients freshly picked today – a good way to use up rather a … Continue reading

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blue dream of sky

“I thank you god for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” – e.e. cummings

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hooray

We won the best plot 2019 🙂

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abundance

Munchkin pumpkins and Crown Prince squash. Note my very first aubergine! I’m rather pleased to have grown it successfully 🙂

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up and over

Onion harvest has started; Rose de Roscoff and shallots are now drying while in the background Mammoth onions are living up to their name and continue to grow. I’m rather proud of the Rossa di Tropea, grown from seed and … Continue reading

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yellow

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furry visitors

So glad the bees are arriving… they have not been much in evidence until now. And a pretty new visitor enjoying the scent where the nepeta had just been cut back. Daily harvest, with an early tomato, Noire de CrimĂ©e; … Continue reading

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blackcurrant pie

Here’s what happened to those blackcurrants! Very short pastry. Delicious, if not elegant.

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up with the lark

At the huerto at 6 this morning; chilly but happy-making. Berry picking and watering, accompanied by birdsong.

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with warmth, abundance

Today’s first picking of potatoes (second earlies), garlic dried in the greenhouse now ready for use – and delightful baby broad beans, so tender they are even delicious raw. The recent warmth has prompted massive growth – all around, the … Continue reading

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today’s flowers

And a quick view of a corner of the garden at home (can you have too many roses?…) The bird (buzzard?) was serendipity.

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june harvest

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golden chard

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Sunday best

Next week all the allotment sites in Farnham will be visited by the town council judges, so I’ve been busy making sure the huerto is looking her best. It’s rather like being reluctantly but compulsorily entered into a beautiful baby … Continue reading

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busy, busy, busy

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plot 10 over the years – and a happy find

I came across this photo taken on the first day I acquired Plot 10, in April 2007. Amazing to contrast it with how it is now; a lot of my blood, sweat and tears shed during that time! … here … Continue reading

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spring cleaning

There’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to spark a frenzy of spring cleaning/clearing. This weekend I finally managed to finish the new structure, doing away with the last of the horizontal grass paths. Just a bit more work to … Continue reading

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hope deferred

“… makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Fed up with perpetual cold wind and rain, I’ve just ordered (yet another!) David Austin rose, a new variety with the wonderful name Eustacia Vye. She … Continue reading

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structural work

It’s hard going, but worth it; I’m now consolidating the second row of individual raised beds into larger areas, working around the fruit cage and flower bed which remain enclosed. The advantages are more space for planting and quite a … Continue reading

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snowdrop walk

The snowdrops transplanted from my mother’s garden are thriving at the foot of the fruit trees along the path leading from the five-bar gate to the 12 ‘secret’ plots beyond. The bare root gage I planted last year to replace … Continue reading

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