Spiced Apple & Maple Syrup Fritters

Spiced Maple-Apple Fritter

Spiced Maple-Apple Fritter

These are a very popular weekend brunch or after school fill-them-up. They are significantly sweet, and as such, I prefer mine with a squeeze of lemon or a dollop of citrus curd. Still, they also work very well with most tart-ish jams, vanilla whipped cream, angel food, strawberries alá Hana or berry coulis.

And let’s be honest here .. they’re really just pancakes 😉

Salvia Somalensis

A decade long drought in South Eastern Australia has seen gardeners demanding alternatives to tender annuals that turned their toes up when water restrictions were imposed .. and none of this compromise on colour and form nonsense!

Salvia Somalensis

Salvia Somalensis

We want interesting yet tough plants dammit! May I present Salvia somalensis, a native of the mountainous regions of Somalia. That makes it super-tough and so water-miserly you’d think it was part camel.

Pretty blue flowers for most of the year and foliage that boasts an interesting musky-floral perfume make it a nice specimen plant.

Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans syn S. rutilans)

Salvia Elegans in Autumn

Salvia Elegans in Autumn

We don’t (yet) have smell-a-vision, so you are missing part of the true joy of this plant. Remember “Honeymelon” whose fragrance so beguiled me that I had to bring it home (Oct 2008)? It is now about thriving in a semi-shady spot, nestled against the back steps where I can find frequent excuse to brush against it. An unnamed cultivar (possibly “Scarlet Pineapple”) with bright lime coloured leaves lives by the front door for pretty much the same reason and “Golden Delicious” with it’s chartreuse yellow/green foliage is destined to go under the Lemon Verbena.