|Laburnum in the mist.|
Chores've slowed down in the garden, but the lack of rain means walking slowly among my plant buddies on a daily basis to give them a drink.
A great time of year for this, with everything coming into bloom, then blooms turning to fruit. I love my ornamentals, but man, I adore my edibles.
Take a look at them all.
1. The race is on.
I bought 3 berry plants last year, the labels of which have walked off into the sunset. None of them bore fruit last summer, but this year, 2 of them are popping out red all over.
So on the race to fruition, who will get there first - us or the birds?
|Breakfast waiting to happen.|
2. Peas in various finery.
It's our first year for blauwchokker peas & I'm loving them in all their stages. We grew ours from seed planted in April. They now stand taller'n myself & have great broadly veined leaves on nicely thick stems.
The flower is originally 2 tones of purply pink but then go blue as they wither.
|Rampaging pea plants.|
Then the blue tissue falls away & these black-purple pods slip out.
|Pods jumping the fence.|
3. Today's flowers are tomorrow's sauce.
Slightly behind their pea friends are our rosella cherry tomato plants, but we got flowers!
|Looks like a good crop coming.|
I'm a fiend for eating most of our cherry maters before I make it back to the house from the garden, but these are feted for having a smoky flavour, so we're hoping to experiment with cooking a few. Too bad for future sauces that our onions did feck-al this year, but we've got plenty of . . .
4. Garlic, garlic & more garlic!
|Inviting vampires to dinner.|
Our early purple Wights didn't clove, but these fellas . . . well, you can see it yourself. Smashing.
5. Bean brigade.
We've 2 varieties of dwarf French this year - yin yang & fire tongue. The yin yangs went in first & so, of course, are the first to bean up.
|Yin yang beanies.|
As you can see from the smudge in the photo, these guys have a white blossom. The fire tongues have small pink flowers that hopefully will produce red speckled pods.
6. Happy surprise.
You may remember my spring angst over my Louis Bonne pear tree. While it bloomed to high heaven & beyond, its mate, the Asian pear, had no blossom. Since I'd been told by the nursery that my bloomin' pear didn't self pollinate, I feared no fruit.
The Asian pear, which'd been given to me by the nursery to replace its dead predecessor, gave us great foliage then died. Louis Bonne did this:
|How'd it do that?|
Such a shame that I'm the only pear eater in the house (har har har). Do you know how many amazing pear recipes there are out there? Come on, Louis!
It was supposed to frond out scarlet, unfurl bronze, then green. The colour in this photo is pretty accurate, so not what advertised, but I'm not complaining. Loving this fern.
There's my #SixonSaturday. Make sure you drop by The Propagator who's our meme host. You'll get a gander at his six, & links to SoS-ers from all over the globe.
See you soon!