Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast: Southern Peaches and Blackberries

I was recently cooking Southern peaches and organic, locally grown blackberries together. Cook them slowly with a touch of sugar , some ground cinnamon and a tablespoon of water. Cover, bring to a boil, then cook on very low temperature for 20-30 minutes. Heavenly! Like a pie without the pie! And they just might be the morning fruit course for breakfast at the bed and breakfast.

I was also remembering a couple of summers on Long Island when I was very young, around 1950, when my brother Jerry and I took pots from the kitchen and headed up the street to "the lots". It was an undeveloped area that bordered our neighborhood. We went in search of wild blackberries.We came back to the house covered with scratches on our arms and legs and berry stains on our clothes, hands and faces. We also had blackberries in all the pans we carried. My mother was a great pie-maker and we were rewarded with wonderful pies and cobblers!

Summer is a great time to visit Ashevville, NC. We hope to see you very soon.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn: The Center of Attraction

The center of attraction in any garden space, whether it's a large formal garden or a part of your deck or patio, can be well designed containers. At Abbington Green we have many containers...I just like them, both for the architecture they add and for the wonderful plants you can put there. Throughout the year, containers can be changed to fit the season.

And right now the lovely summer annuals are bright and 'doing their thing'.This example is in the center of our Lower Garden. I like mixing colors of foliage as well as flowers...so you'll see chartreuse foliage as well as medium green in this central planter. Also, always consider the shape and texture of foliage to add interest.

Summer is in full swing in Asheville NC. I hope you'll have the opportunity to visit us soon!