Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

summer bedding & other plants

So far so good, is today's motto. Perhaps l should 'touch wood' just to make sure? It's a bit like walking uphill through treacle at the moment, you're almost at the top then you start slipping about a bit.

Today's batch of ice cream was strawberry sensation, which is really a bog standard strawberry ice cream, with added beetroot colour to make it a pale pink. Yes you have read correctly, beetroot. When we started out our strawberry was au naturelle, it looked really very unappetising, a greyish pink in fact, so we had to add a natural colour to make it more acceptable to the general public. Personally l don't do strawberry ice cream, but a lot of people do. We do a 'little moo' for kids & little girls, usually wearing pink, always ask for pink ice cream, with pink sauce & a pink umbrella!


We've had another warm day, that makes 2 on the trot, can't last surely? This weather brings more customers, so the past couple of days have been busy, again mostly the 'grey brigade' presumably going out & about before the holiday rush. Loads of new visitors as well which is always good news and most taking advantage of the weather by sitting outdoors.


l have raised herb beds surrounding the terrace area which is interspersed with a few choice pot plants. l don't really do hanging baskets or bedding plants, the only concession is the old stone trough which l have just planted up with brightly coloured red & hot pink [well that's what the labels say] pelagoniums, petunias & trailing pelagoniums, there is another but l've forgotten what it is. Last year l got completely behind on the outside bit, but this year l seem to have a bit more time & have finally got round to rehouse the pot bound plants into new, bigger homes. Because this area is a sun trap my specimen plants are Mediterranean species, the new pot on the block for this year is an oleander, red, very toxic! l like it!

9 comments:

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

I have been meaning to say for weeks that the photo of you in schoolunifromis almsot identical to one of me I once had at about teh same age!

I know all about beetroot colouring, my ariere grande pere had a company who made food clourings etc.

I have just potted up teh rudddy geraniums I bought months ago adn teh vefggie patch is a jungle of grass ho hum same every year. fancy coming to do mine?

I wish I could persuade Bretong Farmers to do ice cream!

mutterings and meanderings said...

You are going to be dead on your feet by the time the bank holiday gets here...

JacquiMcR said...

I had no idea about the beetroot colouring but when you think about it, it makes sense. I really hope that the weather holds for the bank holiday. You seem to be very busy.

Take care - Jacqui x

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sorry, I'm not with you here; is the beetroot colouring made out of beetroot?

muddyboots said...

yes.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Hey! I thought you were in farming! By the sound of this post you are actually managing either a theme park or a Willy Wonka's franchise!

Milla said...

I've just caught up with you and am drooling with hunger, that vat of chocolate fudge ice cream has got MY name on it, or ditch the ice cream, since it hurts my weedy teeth and I'll dive head first into the fudge - best word in the English language.

Suffolkmum said...

I'm a bit of a herb freak, your raised beds sound lovely surrounding the terrace. Got to admit, I'm a sucker for strawberry ice cream (but I'm with Milla on fudge too).

sally's chateau said...

oh I can only peek in from here and drool over your ice cream !

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