Jane's Delicious Garden Blog

Plum Season

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the December 8th, 2008

Plum season comes earlier every year. When I first started harvesting and bottling it was around Christmas. This year I was already finished by the 5th of December. I have made over a hundred bottles of rose petal and lavender plum jelly. Two journalists visited in the midst of plum madness to do stories on the treasured century-old plum tree.

The Sunday Times called the night before their visit to ask if I could make a recipe involving plums which they could photograph. Although I was on a corporate video deadline I chopped, cooked and stirred and the result was delicious.
Here is a link to the article

And to the recipe


Jane’s Jungle

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the December 5th, 2008

There was a film crew in my garden last week, filming for an insert on an SABC programme called The Power Within. They filmed some footage of me busy in the garden and then I left them to do some cutaway shots while I got on with checking the book’s index. An hour or so later I wandered out and watched them. The sound guy was intently inspecting my garden, showing great interest in every plant. I thought “wow, he’s a keen gardener.” Then I discovered he had lost his sunnies somewhere, so we all started searching. We still haven’t found them. He is certain they fell off his head while he was in the veggie garden, but despite scratching under every plant and leaf, they are nowhere to be found. My garden ate his sunnies. I will probably find them at the bottom of that monster lavender bush when I prune it back next year. Talk about Jane’s Jungle . . .

Hot work

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the December 4th, 2008

Being photographed in my garden is harder work than gardening. Woman and Home magazine were here this week photographing me for an article in their Feb issue. So many people involved in one story! First there was the young journalist who interviewed me. Then a few days later three women arrived with loads of equipment. Everybody who works for this mag seems to have names starting with C – Chereen, Cindy, Carien and Carmen?? They spent about four hours photographing me. In the garden, at a table, chopping, smiling, harvesting, fossicking in the garden etc. I wonder how many pics they will actually use?