what’s hot in the garden when it’s hot & a big merry christmas readers!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Home | 22 Comments

Rather than bitch about the heat like I do every year, let’s take a moment of silence to look at some plant porn that actually thrives in the garden during summer. Here are a few pics of what is currently kicking arse and will continue to over the next few months. I have some sensational herbs growing at the moment; lemon basil, Vietnamese mint and peppermint. Check out other great herbs to grow in summer here. There is also Lebanese cucumbers, pomegranate, Brazilian spinach and Tahitian limes.

I really just wanted to wish you guys an enjoyable xmas and new year whatever you are doing. If you’re into the xmas thing-that’s great, if you’re not-it’s just one day. I’m currently planning a five course dinner for fifteen on xmas eve. Lucky I like to cook. Thank you so much for your comments and reading my blog throughout the year. I know that I enjoy reading yours! Take care and keep safe over the silly season. Much love, Jem x

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22 Comments

  1. kate
    December 19, 2016

    Gorgeous. My garden is looking glorious too. Lots of herbs and new gardens dug are flourishing with the care and attention given to them throughout the year. I’m picking strawberries daily from a new plot of them.

    Brazilian spinach. Looks great. Do you just cook and eat like regular spinach? Can it be even as a salad green or does it need to be blanched?

    Five courses! Are you insane? It is definitely a good thing you love to cook. Good luck with it. It sounds like an occasion that will be remembered.

    And, a very Merry Christmas to you. You’ll need to put your feet up after that Christmas Eve effort.

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    • lostinutensils
      December 19, 2016

      Hi Katie, thanks for that. I also have some lovely strawberries but they never make it into the house! Yes, treat Brazilian spinach as you would regular spinach. When I make a salad with it, I dress the leaves with lemon juice and EVOO and give it some time before eating. The lemon juice breaks it down a little so it is softer to eat in a salad.

      I am insane lol. Christmas day will be very chilled with champagne and Cards against Humanity. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and new year with lots of yummy food 🙂

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  2. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    December 20, 2016

    We are in the middle of a severe drought so I’ve pulled up my vegetable garden. Love your herbs and the pomegranate. Wishing you an amazing Christmas and thanks for all the comments on my blog.

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    • lostinutensils
      December 20, 2016

      I’m sorry to hear about the garden Tandy but it is what it is. Our gardens need to fit with the current environment. Thanks so much, I hope you and your family have the best Christmas! I really enjoy your blog x

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  3. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
    December 20, 2016

    Plant porn-love it!! 😀 I am really excited about Christmas I have to say although I get that not everyone celebrates it (just a reason to eat for me more than anything) 😛 A very Merry Christmas to you lovely Jem! x

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    • lostinutensils
      December 20, 2016

      LOL…Lorraine, you are the Christmas Queen! I love your energy. Happy eating and have an awesome one x

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  4. Agness
    December 21, 2016

    Your garden is just beautiful! Are you planning to decorate it for Christmas?

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    • lostinutensils
      December 21, 2016

      Thanks Agness! The garden is in the backyard and not designed to be pleasing to the eye lol. However the front part of our house has a huge deck with lovely views so I go crazy with candles and fairy lights for xmasy entertaining. Hope you have a fab xmas! x

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  5. sherry MacKay
    December 21, 2016

    you are going to have a very busy xmas eve Jem. good luck with it! we are off to melbourne where they are about to start a heat wave so xmas day will be 37C. boo hoo- it was supposed to be 21C originally. love all the plants. they look lovely. have a marvellous XMas. xx

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    • lostinutensils
      December 21, 2016

      I saw that Sherry. You miss a rare mild Brisbane xmas and walk into a stinking hot one where it’s usually cooler! Have fun in Melbourne and an awesome xmas x

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  6. Sam Rutherford
    December 22, 2016

    I love your garden Jem! Looks so good especially when it’s so hot. I hope you have a very merry christmas and new year. You will be tired after your cooking adventures. So have a good break 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      December 22, 2016

      Thanks Sam, it is so challenging in the garden this time of year. You’re right, I will be tired lol. Have an awesome xmas and new year! 🙂

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  7. Gingi Freeman
    December 27, 2016

    Being in a drought, you have NO IDEA just how wonderful your gorgeous garden looks!! Holy smokes!!! Merry Christmas my dear! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    • lostinutensils
      December 27, 2016

      Thanks so much Gingi. I do sympathise, we have been in drought mode many times (and will be in the future). Hope you had an awesome xmas!

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  8. Gourmet Getaways
    December 29, 2016

    Your garden looks beautiful! I’m so jealous that your growing pomegranate! So exciting!
    Have a very lovely New Year
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  9. emma
    January 3, 2017

    I’m sorry I missed this 🙁 🙁 Also, pomegranates what??!!! And your garden looks incredible as usual (the Brazilian spinach looks super interesting).

    I hope you had a great Christmas Jem 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      January 4, 2017

      Thanks so much Emma. I know…pomegranates!!! Hope you had a good one x

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  10. Ngeun
    January 31, 2017

    Your garden/plants look great Jem! I agree, your pomegranate plant looks lovely. It’s going to serve you very well. Is the Brazilian spinach the same/similar to Ceylon spinach?

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    • lostinutensils
      January 31, 2017

      Hey Ngeun, they are very different plants but they don’t taste that different. BS has more of a traditional spinach taste (and look) whereas CS is a little milder. Both of these are my absolute favourite summer plants as they thrive in the heat and don’t get bitter like other spinach can when it’s hot. Of course, they are extremely nutritious as all leafy greens are. We all need to eat our greens!

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  11. Jacqueline
    February 12, 2017

    I love your garden, such beautiful happy plants! Need to plant some more herbs myself! Great work!

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    • lostinutensils
      February 12, 2017

      Thanks Jacqueline! Summer is a trying time so I only try and plant what thrives 🙂

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