Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In My Garden - July

Just a little diary entry to track the progress of my garden this year.  I just found a lost post from June to track the progress and it's a bit late now to mention June, so here is July.  Photo heavy, but really for tracking purposes only. I love to look back on where things were the year before.

First, vegetables etc...

We have one tomato plant that is bursting with fruit and full of leaves, it is enormous.  Two right next to it are sparse of both leaves and fruit, but their fruit is almost ripe...interesting....I think they are different types of tomatoes.  In fact, I think they were grown from non GMO seeds and the bushy one was from mass produced seeds.  I wish we had kept better track.
 Kohlrabi....never eaten or grown kohlrabi before, so this will be interesting.
 On our sparse tomato plants, the first tomatoes, almost ready!!!! YUM.
 Apples coming along nicely. The tree had some kind of blight this year were the leaves on the end of the branches turned brown and the apples went soft and bad.  So that's left us with a small crop, but I am sure they will be delicious.
 Little lady pumpkin just starting out.  (I think? Maybe it's a watermelon, utterly hopeless at remembering what got planted where!)  Well if anything, I do know this is a female blossom and I am waiting for it to open so it can do it's thing with all the male blossoms.
 Further up the vine a pumpkin or maybe a watermelon?  I change my mind everyday as to what it will be.  If you can tell, PLEASE put me out my agony of not knowing :-)  Anyway, it's the first time we've had any success growing either and we try in vain every year with no luck.
 Beans, carrots, stevia, parsley and beets, maybe a pepper plant or two?  A bit of a mess, I know, but the beans are delicious and the stevia is better than sugar for my morning cuppa!
 The worlds slowing growing beets.....hurry UP beets, 
I love you. YUM.
 Absolutely masses of wild strawberries growing our back hill (hill in next photos). I swear these are strawberries that we planted when we first bought the house 15 years ago, they are everywhere. Too tart to eat, but maybe wild strawberry jam?
 Ok not a great photo, but our back hill.  For the first time we are utilizing it to grow veggies.  We have a stray tomato plant, well not stray, it got broken off another plant, was on the window sill inside, but got knocked over, put outside in a jar of water and got knocked over again and now it outside covered in tomatoes and being swamped by a watermelon (pumpkin?) plant.  In amongst that mess are also a couple of butternut squash plants and cucumbers.  The cucumbers are already providing a wonderful addition to our dinners and an afternoon snack for the guinea pigs.  First time having success growing them and they are delicious.
 And last, but not least a sneaky nasturtium that snuck down from the mulch pile and ended up with the oregano.  Nasturtiums are one of my favorite flowers, they remind me of home.

OK less yap from me...
Onto Flowers....

 Ok, not quite a flower, but I love coleus plants.  I remember when I bought my first coleus plant. I was 8 years old and we lived in Capel St Mary, Suffolk.  There was some sort of fair on the playfield at the end of my street and I bought a coleus in a little cup for 2 pence. I took such great care of that plant, it grew so nicely on my bedroom windowsill. I was devastated when we packed up to move back to Australia and I was told I couldn't take it with me.  Funny the memories we hang on to sometimes.

 Love these little violas popping up in the cracks in our path and stairs!  I keep a close eye on the Mister when he is weedwacking to make sure he doesn't chop them down. He doesn't share my love for them.

Phew! I did get a bit snap happy this afternoon! Congrats if you made it to the end of this post 'cos I nearly didn't.

Must be off, a new crochet project calling my name.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a lovely day.

Toodles...L x 

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  1. Gosh your garden is doing well and far ahead of things here. Like you I can never remember what I put where but then I quite like the surprise when things come up. Love the little pansies and I'd be cross with Mr M if I had any and he pulled them up too! Coleus now there's a blast from the past - I can see them in a row on a windowsill back in the 50's!

  2. everything looks to be flourishing! I was just about to do a post about the fruit in my garden! Beautiful photos as ever! Hope you are well
    Lucy x

  3. Beautiful veggies and flowers. Here my garden is not calling my name at all due to the weather. It's cool and wet. Have a nice weekend. Regula

  4. Oh you put me to shame. I have sadly neglected my garden this year. Yours looks so lovely and yummy.


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