Purple llium with Bombylius major (commonly named the large bee-fly or the dark-edged bee-fly).
In the garden you can let you mind stopping from the busy routine, realise that a few square meter are an entire world, discover new plants and animals, listen the song of the birds, be amazed by the beauties, understand how fast everything is developing and finally you find rest and relief.
Even a small pond of little more than a square meter is like a small universum. We discovered an unexpected guest in our mini-paradise. the deaf adder (Anguis fragilis).
Every year we saw a few deaf adder here or there, but we never saw them disappearing under the roots of our yellow iris around the pond.
These legless lizards (no snake or worm, please) are also sometimes called common slowworms, blindworm, or regionally, a long-cripple.
These reptiles are mostly active during the twilight and occasionally bask in the sun, but are more often found hiding beneath rocks and logs. They are carnivorous and, because they feed on slugs and worms, they can often be found in long grass and other damp environments (in our case near the pond).
Make a surprise to your family serving a slice of this vegetable terrine with some spiced sauce as the Canary mojo rojo. This served with a hunk of crusty bread, any salad greens, cheese, cured meat, smoked salmon or what you like, makes an elegant brunch or a light meal for warmer days.
Boil the beans in salted water add the green beans and cook for 10 minutes, until tender but still firm to the bite. Drain the beans.
In the meantime fry onion and garlic with the oil until just tender, then add the drained mushrooms. After one minute, remove from the heat.
Whisk the eggs with the cream and with the cooking water. Season with the ginger, salt and pepper.
Line a terrine with aluminum foil and coat it with oil.
Pour a few spoons of egg mixture, arrange over this first half of the beans, then the mushrooms mixture, after this the second half of the beans and finally pour gently the remaining egg mixture.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until firm and until the tip of a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from the foil Serve warm or cold.
Note: Traditionally this kind of preparations should be cooked placing mold of the terrine into a bigger mold (roasting pan) with boiling water. I did not do it in this way and the simple baking in the oven worked well for me.
Gardening is wonderful relaxing way especially when you find your way to keep it easy.
As we started with the garden, we did not really know which plants are best suitable for the soil and which one would grow and bring us the best without spending a lot of time and money in order to have a nice garden.
In our case in spring, iris flowers make our garden beautiful with almost no work and we know that next year they will be here again!
In the photos: Iris Pseudacorus (Yellow Water Iris) and Bearded Iris (Iris germanica).