It’s Not the Heat …

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Heck, it is the heat (and the humidity). That’s southern Ontario for you; one week there’s frost warnings and the next, it’s a steam bath ! The garden has been taking up more of my time and things are coming along pretty good. The garlic is looking lovely ,

Garlic (hardneck)

and our chums (cross between a cherry and a plum) blossomed profusely the last two weeks.

Opata Chum

They’ve proved to be exceptionally hardy ! The other stone fruit trees didn’t fare so well. It was a hard winter on trees; we had a number of freeze thaw cycles. Then to top it all off, there were two ice storms in late winter/early spring. So, no blooms on the peach, apricot, plum or plumcot. They’ve all leafed out well except the peach which is limping along. Hopefully it will hang in there.

But hey, it is rhubarb season so time to celebrate! This year I decided to try rhubarb syrup. It makes a spectacularly pink elixir that was a welcomed treat with water and ice today. I thought it deserved a pretty name and came up with “Rhuby Slipper”. Not original alas, a quick google search showed others had similar thoughts. A refreshing local sub for lemonade !

Garden Rhubarb

Rhuby Slipper

Rhubarb syrup:

Simmer 4 cups of chopped rhubarb with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water for ~20 to 30 minutes.

Strain and keep the syrup refrigerated. The leftover cooked rhubarb is great on toast.


Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of syrup to 8 – 10 oz of water (sparkling would be nice).

Serve with ice.

Put a Ukelele tune on (Wild Child)

Try to keep cool !


While we’re on the topic of cold drinks …

Dorothy’s Green Dream

In a blender that can handle ice:

Blend 4 cups of water, 2 lemons (peeled and seeded), 2 strips of lemon zest, 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup fresh french tarragon and 2 cups ice cubes.

Later in the season basil is good in place of the tarragon. Some day I’ll try mint.

French Tarragon




7 thoughts on “It’s Not the Heat …

    nannygrannie said:
    May 27, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Holy, beautiful garden!!! I’m looking forward to reading your blog. I started my own garden this year and am always looking to learn from others. Happy growing!

      nicoleaugust responded:
      May 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks, what part of the world are you growing in ?

        nannygrannie said:
        May 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        I’m on the West Coast of Canada!

        nicoleaugust responded:
        May 27, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        We were in Victoria for 10 years ! Your season is ahead of us, but it’s easier to grow tomatoes here :).

    BeeHappee said:
    May 28, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Interesting on the rhubarb. Will have to try it after scavenging through parent’s garden. Although I doubt we will ever be able to finish stacks of jams and syrup’s from last summer’s harvest. Toronto sounds much like Chicago. I am not missing the heat and humidity one bit. Enjoy the gardens.

      nicoleaugust responded:
      May 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Yes, I ‘m sure Chicago can be hot !

      nicoleaugust responded:
      May 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Yes, I ‘m sure Chicago can be hot !

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