|Yellow Queen Columbine.|
It's time for my #SixonSaturday, a selection of goodies that've appeared, failed or thrived in the garden this week.
Here, we're having unusually high temps & no rain. The garden hose & I've become one entity patrolling the brown lawn, sunburned leaves & ripening fruits.
It's a veritable bean fever in our garden. We've got fire tongues & yin yang, to which we add the blauschokker & spring blush mange tout.
|Beans & more.|
Our resident cook has the easiest & most delicious way of cooking these bad fellas. Let them sit in boiling water for 5 minutes (no cooking, just sitting), drain, toss with a bit of sesame seed oil & the sesame seeds themselves.
|Easy side dish.|
2. Astrantia Wars.
Someone gave me my first astrantia nearly 10 years ago & I've been smitten every since. I don't know the variety of that one, but it had a large faded blossom, like your favourite purple jeans sent through the wash too many times.
Don't get me wrong - I love the dark & vibrant astrantia. This year, however, my heart is torn between two loves.
. . . and . . .
Still loving that faded jeans vibe, I guess.
3. More foot race than war in the corn field.
My first batch of corn plants were Sutton's Sundance. During the hardening up process, a good third of them died, which effectively tossed my block planting over the wall.
By that time, Sutton's was out of corn plants, as were most everyone else except for Harrod's. It was a risk buying from someone else, what with the potential their plants would be younger, not to mention they weren't the same strain. But without more plants, germination was going to be iffy.
The joy when the Harrod plants arrived & were about the same size as the Sutton plants.
Three weeks later, my best laid plan is foiled again. The Harrod's plants lag significantly behind the Sutton's Sundance. I assume the difference in strain is the problem.
|Harrod Shorty in front, Tall Sutton in back.|
Hand pollination, here we come. Hopefully a few plants will produce a few kernels. Next year, though, think I'll go back to growing from seed.
4. Mystery tree.
Remember the unknown fruit tree at the bottom of the garden? Every morning, this particularly fat pigeon tries to have breakfast there, creeping down the branch toward its goal, but eventually cascading wings over tail & out of the tree with an empty belly. It's even tried eating from the holly tree next to it, but no joy.
As to the tree's identity, I'm thinking it's a cherry tree. But then you SoS lot told me one of my alleged cherry trees is actually a plum, so . . .
5. Mater ties.
My mother used old stockings to tie up her tomato plants. I always used garden twine, which in my hands, wasn't effective. By the end of summer, my tomatoes looked like Romans relaxing over their dinner.
This year, I went shopping for tomato cages & discovered Velcro ties instead. The new-fangled always tempts me, so out came the cash, home went the Velcro. The maters loved them.
As the maters grew toward the roof of the cages, more Velcro was needed, but it was a little too close to payday. Perusing the situation, I decided to take the bottom tie off & move it to the top. And wow . . .
|No bottom tie needed.|
By the time another layer of ties is needed, the base of the plant's big & ugly enough to support itself. Great stuff.
6. Free stuff welcomed here.
One of my neighbours had a leftover eggplant & decided we looked like a good adoptive home.
My mother grew aubergine & canned all sorts of delicious sauces with it in. Being the only eggplant eater in my own family, I'd never tried growing it.
Recently, one of the cooks in the house converted, but even if it were still only me, who turns down free plants? So we shall keep you posted on this lovely item.
And that's me done writing.
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Hope your garden is surviving the weather & gives you plenty of tales to tell. If you've not joined us in SoS-ing, why not start now?
Until next week, stay hydrated, use sunscreen, & eat your veg.
See you around!