Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scone…

If I were to have something ‘catchy’ printed on my aprons it would be just this….” Hell knows no fury like a woman’s scone”. Ha! Actually, Rick said this to me one day while munching on one of those yummy ginger scones I make. He’s so clever! It is a little play on words from the famous playwright, William Congreve and his 1697 play, The Mourning Bride. “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned,” spoken by Zara in Act III, Scene VIII.[3] (This is usually paraphrased as “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”).
Speaking of scones…. our class, “Garden talk, tea , and scones” offered here last Thursday was well attended. A few of the participants asked me to kindly print my ‘most often used’ scone recipe, so here you go:

Scones:
3 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbls. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 sticks of very cold unsalted butter
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
Mix all dry ingredients and whisk to distribute the baking soda and baking powder. Add the butter and cut it in as you would for making pie dough, I always do this by hand. The butter should remain as ‘pea size’ bits in your flour mixture. Add the grated lemon rind. Mix in 1- 1 1/2 cup of blueberries or ginger or cranberries ( depending on the type you are making) Next, make a well in the center and add the cream and buttermilk. Mix briefly to incorporate ( don’t over-mix). Put dough onto a lightly floured surface , fold onto itself and then use your hands to pat the dough into a 1 1/2″ thick round about 8 inches in diameter. Cut wedge-shaped scones out of this. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

More Vessels

Picture 1156This past Saturday we hosted another class on hypertufa building. A great bunch of folks came to learn the process, and then built their own vessel. It was great, and we were so lucky to have our dog Miller standing guard over the scones while we were busy building. He is so loyal about such things! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Who Are These Women And What Are They Doing?

Picture 964It’s Sally and LIz and they’re building hypertufas! Our hypertufa class here at Fernwood went really well. The first part of the morning we enjoyed tea and scones while gathered around the vintage Teardrop trailer. Rick gave a brief introduction on hypertufa and its uses, and then we got to work. Everyone seemed to really enjoy making their planter and learning some simple techniques for building them. Great fun!.Picture 972 Our next hypertufa class will be Saturday, July 26th from 10:00 -12:00. If you would like to learn how to build a hypertufa, you can call the nursery or email us at fernwoodnursery@fairpoint . Here are some photos of the day!Picture 970Picture 960Picture 963