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Teasses Christmas Market 2019

By | Garden

Our first ever Christmas market at Teasses in 800 years will be held on Saturday 7th & Sunday the 8th of December. we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting this first event in a full calendar of events for 2020.

We’ve worked really hard to put together a fantastic group of makers, producers, growers and boilers to bring to our visitors a great Christmas Shopping experience.

The market opens at noon each day and closes at six to give you the chance to enjoy some festive lighting around the place and finishes in plenty of time for you to visit our friends at New Gilston Village Hall.

Confirmed vendors include;

Velvet & Lace Boutique a wonderful little vintage clothing and cosmetics shop in Ceres. Eliane will be at the market both days selling vintage clothing and accessories as well as organic Neal’s Yard beauty products. Find Elaine’s stall in the Stables Courtyard.

Bowbridge Alpacas will not only have a stall selling products from their local Alpaca farm but they will also be attending with two humans to keep an eye on the three alpacas who will be at the market on Saturday and Sunday. We are really excited to welcome the Alpacas too Teasses..what’s more festive than three South American camelids!

Aloe Vera Forever Living by Tanya are attending the market on Saturday and will have a range of Aloe Vera derived products for sale from beauty and wellness products to dietary products and drinks.

Langston Farm are based in Angus and will be attending the market on Saturday and Sunday. Nick and Lucy have established a small farm raising top quality rare breed livestock and making some of the finest butchery products I’ve ever tasted. Look out for their Claret Lorne sausage.

Lucky Ewe Dairy produce creamy, rich soft sheep’s cheese from their flock of Lacaune x East Friesland ewes. Joan will be selling the labour of her ewe’s efforts in the Marquee on Saturday.

Erincroft Bakery will be attending the market on Sunday, selling their beautifully home made breads and cakes. Don’t miss them!

Kilted Fudge will be making their way from Aviemore to bring their delicious treats to the market on both days.

Good Life Farming produce ethical veal and have been a big hit on the market scene this year. Karen will be at the market both days so don’t miss the chance to stock the freezer with delicious, local and ethical veal.

Woodmill Shooting Ltd. ’tis the season to stock your larder with game pies and butchery. Guy at Woodmill makes delicious golden topped game pies which are ideal for the Boxing Day walk. Guy will be attending both days of the market so make sure to visit his stand in the Marquee.

Perc U Up will be keeping us warm and fuelled for both days of the market. From her little van Erin has the vital responsibility of selling teas and coffees to our visitors. Erin will be at the Turning Circle so that you can’t miss her.

Lindores Abbey Distillery are with us on Saturday sharing with us their beautiful Aqua Vitae. A really wonderfully scented alcohol which is ideal for Christmas.

Tayport Distillery use locally sourced Scottish produce to flavour their original spirit, Kecia and her team will be attending the market on both days.

Cairn O’Mhor remain to be a popular trader at markets across the country selling their own unique fruit wines and ciders. Catch Cairn O’Mhor on Saturday in the Marquee.

Peglanders are a creative craft stall where Mark will be selling his Peg Dolls of recognisable Scottish highlanders. A great gift idea for friends and family living away fro home to remind them of Scotland’s traditions.

Cottage Seven Designs Naomi is fairly new to the market scene but her textile noticeboards will help getting organised for the new year an awful lot easier.

Wooltide woollen animals in a multitude of different forms are what Jen does. Commission a piece of original woollen work or pick up gifts from her stall in the Stables on Sunday.

Howe Crafti Jacqui creates wonderful textile craft products which will fill the Christmas stockings and more. Find Jacqui at the market on Saturday.

Inky Works these beautifully detailed works and prints by Ros MacDonald are exceptional. Ros creates these in her studio in Angus and takes inspiration from the coastline and nature of Scotland. Ros’ stall will be in the Marquee on Saturday.

Mark Holden is a local artists whose involvement in the community extends for years. His work is inspired by the East Neuk of Fife. Mark will be attending both days of the market.

Shed Heaven Kay creates wonderful decorations and crafts from glass. Kay will be trading from her stall in the Stables on Saturday.

Patricia Griffin creates beautiful, delicate textiles and accessories. Patricia will be at the market on Saturday.

Silver Binky original silver jewellery, Gill’s shop on Etsy prices popular but for the weekend have the opportunity to buy directly from the artist.

Suzi Blue Jewellery is created by Susan who makes gorgeous jewellery combining bright metal and polished pearls and shell.

RosieMays home furnishings bring shabby-chic to a new level. Their beautifully painted and crafted home furnishings will make ideal gifts for Christmas. Rosie and May will be trading from the Marquee for both days of the weekend.

These are just some of the stall holders we are hosting at the market.

Craigrothie Village Fair

By | Garden, Teasses Estate

If you are lucky enough to get up to Craigrothie Village Fair this weekend at the Village Hall in Craigrothie on Saturday afternoon (31st Aug 19) then you are in for a treat. Teasses have donated a beautiful bouquet of vibrant flowers hand picked from our Walled Garden for the raffle.

Also in the raffle the chance to win a pass for four to our Head Gardener’s tour with lunch in the Walled Garden.

August in the Garden

By | Garden

August is a time in the garden when the late flowering bulbs and perennials look at their best and add a much need vibrancy as the garden starts to green up and fade. This August the lawns have continued to grow steadily, no let up for our mowers. In the second half of the month long bright days are very welcome.

Longest Day Night Walk

By | Garden

TEASSES GARDENS

LONGEST DAY

NIGHT WALK

 

Join the Head Gardener on a peaceful walk around the gardens at Teasses on the Summer Solstice followed by light refreshments in the Greenhouse. 

An opportunity to experience the Gardens “after hours” and the chance to spot some of our wild inhabitants on the longest day.

Walk starts at 8.30pm on Friday 21st June

£10 per person 

Contact [email protected] to reserve

Limited numbers available 

June in the Garden

By | Garden

What a startling difference the beginning of June this year to that of 2018. The rain seems to be making up for lost droplets. In June 2018 we were facing the very real danger of a summer of drought. In 2019 we appear to be resorting back to old ways, the lawns could almost be cut twice a week at this rate. However, the cool evenings and high moisture has encouraged a great number of flowers to linger on. Our Rhododendrons continue to look fresh and have done for a month or so and we still have a few bluebells showing through the ever thickening wild grasses and flowers in Millennium Woods.

The Walled Garden continues to develop and the newly planted borders are beginning to really show their true intentions. It is quite startling to see bright reds and oranges in the garden where before we limited plant choice to cool pastel blues and pinks. Lewis’ long border design sets out bold blocks of colour, six in total; Yellow, Orange and Red blocks on the western side of the garden and Purple, Pink and Blue on the eastern side. Iris ‘Feu du Ciel’ is a welcome newcomer; bright orange and voluptuous. I am a lover of Irises and this one really justifies that. In front of this we have Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ again vibrantly orange.

What a contrast then to the purple block where the ever delightful Thalictrum delavayi and Salvia x superba are neighboured by Geranium x ‘Johnson’s Blue‘, Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ and Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevor’s Blue Wonder’.

The Paeonias are just about to open, holding onto their petals tightly awaiting sunnier weather no doubt, but Paeonia ‘Black Panther’ is a tree peony and has to have what I can only describe and the most indulgent dark – almost bloody – silky petals and has been in flower for around a week.

Throughout the garden many plants are in full bloom and none are more spectacular than the Meconopsis which grow incredibly well at Teasses. Meconopsis  betonicifolia are happiest when in cool, rich, deep woodland soils, happy roots lead to stunning azure blue flowers or in the case of M. paniculata primrose yellow. 

Davidia involucrata var. Vilmoriniana is a stunning tree, with branches covered in what looks like paper tissues. This tree has spectacular autumn foliage colour but every third year at Teasses we are treated to what appears like hundreds of white papery bracts hanging from the tree.  Ours is underplanted with Primula japonica ‘Miller’s Crimson’, what a combination.

In Sir Fraser’s garden, which occupies a hollow in a conifer plantation the clotted cream flower buds of Magnolia wilsonii are just beginning to burst open. They are ideally suited to this cool semi-shaded space in the garden and planted on a steep slope allowing visitors to gaze up from below at the interior of the flower which cannot be missed.

May in the Garden

By | Garden

The garden is always the best place to be in the month of May, the sun usually is beaming down and the vibrant fleshy shoots of new growth are glowing in the garden. So too are the birds abundant in May, with a veritable cacophony welcoming the dawn of a bright day.

Bulbs are just going over with the last few of our tulips bowing out. This year’s success has been Tulipa ‘World of Friendship’ not only remaining proud in the garden for weeks but also holding itself well in a vase. The flower is a joyful, cheery, primrose yellow single tulip standing around 50cm tall. We ordinarily try to avoid yellow coloured flowers which is almost unforgivable at this time of year but T. ‘World of Friendship’ is the perfect vehicle by which to extend the ‘primrose’ toned season. I should also mention at this stage the wonderful Tree Paeony, Paeonia ‘Anna Marie’ which is just cautiously unfurling her tender petals in the Walled Garden.

Tulipa ‘World of Friendship’

The gardens are beginning to brim with colour and just as we teeter on the edge of floral splendour in the form of Paeonia I am reminded that this season has really  gone to pot. We’ve had such an extended period of fine weather you forget that we are only into the fifth month and while I impatiently wait to put out our summer bedding plants I have to bear in mind that old phrase; ‘Ne’er cast a cloot, til the month of May is oot’.

Recipe: Wild Garlic Pesto

By | Teasses Recipes

The woods here at Teasses are abundant in Wild Garlic which rears its pungent head in March and continues to the end of the April. As the plant matures the strength of the flavour reduces so if you don’t want a fiery strong garlic taste then hold off until the second half of April. In this recipe I use the leaves of the plant but the flowers are edible too and can be used in salads or as. garnish on top of  soups such as Sorrel or Pea. Unlike its namesake Wild Garlic doesn’t produce a bulb so you need to use it when it’s available.

Note that if you intend to cook with the pesto – for example roasted Mediterranean vegetables coated in pesto – that the flavour becomes less powerful when cooked. I like to add another couple of tablespoons of the pesto once the vegetables come out of the oven, it also helps with the colour. Also, a delicious pairing with this is fresh lamb so try to keep some for when the Scottish lamb season abounds.

Recipe:

This will easily make one large jar.

You’ll need;

  • a bunch of fresh, washed and roughly torn wild garlic – enough to almost fill a mixing bowl.
  • 200g organic pine nuts – the more you add the thicker the pesto and less pungent the garlic.
  • 500 ml organic olive oil
  • 100g organic parmesan – or other hard cheese
  • 1 organic lemon
  • water
  • salt and pepper

Step One: Gently heat a dry shallow pan, when almost too hot to touch throw in your pine nuts and lightly toast.

Step Two: In a food processor put the roughly torn wild garlic leaves with the lightly toasted pine nuts, cheese, a pinch of salt and the juice from the lemon and a little oil.

Step Three: While blitzing the contents of the food processor drizzle in the remaining oil.

Step Four: Continue to blitz until you are happy with the consistency. If it is too thick add some water. The best pesto is slightly chunky. Add more salt and some pepper to taste.

If you want truly authentic pesto remove the food processor and pound the ingredients in a mortar and pestle.

Once sealed in a clean glass jar this pesto lasts approximately one month when refrigerated or three months if frozen.