Strange white flowers and a rhubarb cake

Last weekend I spotted some strange white flowers among the daffodils. I looked closer and saw that they were not some exciting new spring bulbs. They were bits of plastic that had fallen off a lampshade. They had been picked up and redeployed in the garden by the transportation of a giant umbrella tree on its journey from the house out on to the patio.

The reason for this mass transportation was to repot this beauty, which is nearly forty years old. I acquired it as a student and it has moved around with us ever since.

Seen here from above in mid repot, in the garden. If you look very closely you’ll see the white flowers among the daffodils near the top of the picture. A little later the umbrella tree was repotted, back in its usual place in the house and the exciting looking white flowers reconnected to the lamp shade.

Today I had grand plans to do some seed sowing but got distracted by other things. There’s a lot of that about just now. But I did a little tidying up and cut the grass for the first time this year. It wasn’t very long but was quite tussocky and a quick haircut meant that least it is a bit tidier. Bella supervised this whole process. Here she is sitting on a raised bed with onions starting to flourish, protected from her interest with my usual cat deterrent devices and some more daffodils in the background

After that I came inside and made some rhubarb cake, using up some frozen rhubarb from last year.

Rhubarb cake

  • 360ml vegetable oil
  • 250g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 400g stewed rhubarb (cooled)
  • 275g flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  1. Heat the oven to 170c/gas mark 3
  2. Grease a large square cake tin
  3. Beat together the oil and sugar
  4. Mix in the eggs and the rhubarb
  5. Add the flour, bicarb soda and cinnamon
  6. Beat well
  7. Pour into the baking tin and cook for about an hour

It looks ok – and should help to get us through the next wee while of working from home. Keep cheerful everyone.

7 thoughts on “Strange white flowers and a rhubarb cake

  1. I’m glad I saw this post before I stewed our rhubarb. My daughter was supposed to have taken it to school to make crumble in home economics but it got left at home.

      1. I have made it and am just waiting for it to cool down before tucking in 😊 Having already had crumble this week it will definitely be a nice alternative. Thank you!

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