Fresh From the Kitchen

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I can confidently say that lemonade is my favorite summertime drink. Any kind. Anywhere. But particularly if it’s homemade. I love the smell of squeezed lemons on my hands and I love that crisp and fresh taste of lemon and mint!

Brambles Refreshing Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

1 ¼ Cup White Sugar
6 Cup Water
2 Lemons –zested
20 Large mint leaves
1 ½ Cup lemon juice

Bring ingredients to a boil. Let cool and Strain. Muddle fresh blueberries, mint and lemon in a tall glass. Add ice and lemonade mixture.

For refreshing spritzer lemonade, use only half the amount of water in the recipe and top up glass with soda water.

Interchange blueberries with any other fresh, favorite summer fruit!

When life gives you lemons….

Acacia

A Splash of Late Summer Colour

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When, dare I say it, summer is reaching it’s second half and contemplating autumn, many gardeners long for those cool May days when they were turning soil and planting seeds, however I am here to tell you some fabulous news: we have a range of plants to add some late summer color to your garden! In reality we live by the philosophy that ‘as long as you can dig, you can plant’. So, your planting days are not over, here are some of Brenda’s favourite, easy to grow additions that will extend your summer and keep you lazing in your favorite patio chair with a good book and an icy glass of homemade lemonade.

Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’

This exciting, full blooming hydrangea is from Holland, and has unique chartreuse blooms in mid summer that slowly change to pink in the fall. This plant looks great as a hedge, in a container or as a cut flower.

Growing best in full to part sun, 6-8 feet tall and wide.

Miscanthus Rigoletto

This beautifully graceful grass glows in the late summer sun with its arching blades of creamy white and green stripes.

Growing 3 feet tall and wide. Perfectly paired with Limelight!

Pennisetum Fountain Grass ‘ Hameln’

The perfect fall plant to add to your garden. It forms a fountaining clump of dark foliage that turns a lovely amber in the fall and has pinky-brown, soft foxtail-like flowers that make nice cut flowers as well. It is perfect for the front or middle of the flower border in a container garden.

Growing 24” tall and 30” wide.

Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’

Perfect compliment to fountain grass or even in containers. These gorgeous summer flowers produce clusters of yellow blooms edged with shades of orange. This is a very reliable garden plant.

In full sun, this plant will grow to be 12-18” tall and 24” wide.

Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’

One of the most dramatic late summer bloomers is the crocosmia. (featured last summer. Click for more details on this beauty http://tanglebank.com/blog/danas-plant-of-the-week-crocosmia/) This clump forming, grass-like plant, sports flame orange flowers with a red center and a yellow throat and makes a gorgeous cut flower.

In full sun, this plant will grow 30-48” tall and 18” wide.
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Hydrangea ‘Next Generation Pistachio’

This plant is a bang for your buck, huge and stunning blooms through summer and into fall. This is an easy-to-grow hydrangea works well as a focus point, in containers and definitely as cut flowers.
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Part-shade, this hydrangea will grow to be 3 feet in height and 5 feet tall.

Keep Planting!

Acacia