A week of rain, rain, and more rain although it’s good to have all the water butts replenished. For this week’s six I’m starting in the vegetable garden.
The ‘Chocolate Cherry’ tomatoes in the greenhouse have been prolific this year and there are still some to pick although a few are starting to split. I’m planning to grow more varieties next year.
After a brief pause, the courgettes are once again producing fruit although the leaves are now looking distinctly scruffy. This is one of the three varieties I grew this year. All have performed really well, so well in fact that I’ve given lots away. My favourite way to eat them is tossed in olive oil and herbs and roasted in the oven.
The two ‘Hunter’ squash plants have produced lots of leaf but predominantly only male flowers. The majority of the female flowers dropped off without forming fruit, no doubt due to the long dry spell. As a result there is only one fairly modest sized fruit on each plant. If we get more sun hopefully they will ripen on the plant rather than on the window sill as in previous years.
Now on to flowers…
The Alchemilla mollis I planted a few months ago has finally settled in and is producing flowers. The Salvia nemorosa bought and planted at the same time is responding to regular deadheading by producing new flower spikes. One of the garden’s old-timers, a Pyracantha growing against the garden fence, is laden with berries.
And to mark the passing of a great lady, an extra one although unfortunately not from my garden. However, a good excuse to add one I think.
Enjoy your garden or outside space this week.