The scent from the blubells in this vase at the moment is so lovely when you walk in the room – like faint hyacinths. Once the cow parsley and columbines (aquilegias) start to open, it’s like a sign that summer’s on the way, but it’s still spring for now. Picked these first thing yesterday, the green leaves are lemon balm.
This picture shows where the common name columbine comes from – columba is Latin for dove, and people thought that each flower petal looked very much like a dove, with a pointed head and fanned out tail.
The weather was scorching in the afternoon, and I thought it was going to be too warm to bake a cake, but the temperature dropped as evening came on and so tried a new recipe for a pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake. Pear and hazelnut seem like quite autumnal flavours to me, but I wasn’t averse to trying it anyway. Really lovely, although it did stick like mad in the tin so I ended up making the bottom the top! Not glamorous, but it didn’t affect the taste at all I’m happy to say (will take a photo of an entire cake one day).