Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Eating our greens

We've had a great deal of rain, the pond is full
and all the water butts are overflowing.
We've been sitting it out in the greenhouse,
where the ginger plant has burst into flower.
The red hot peppers have yet to turn red.
Outside the flowers have taken a bashing from the weather and much of the early summer colour is over. 
It is looking rather forlorn.
But the vegetables have gone crazy. The compost heap is hidden under squash leaves so dense that I'm not sure whether or not there are any squash developing beneath.
But I can see them swelling nicely in the veg plot.
We are eating beans like there's no tomorrow.

Marigolds are left to seed freely throughout the veg plot in an effort to deter any unwelcome veg spoiling insects.
The peas from the seed swap have climbed skywards. They have turned out to be a funny, old-fashioned, wrinkled variety, not the sort of small bright green pea that you buy from the freezer. They are large and crop well - we like them! I'll save some seed to plant again next year. 
Lots of ripe tomatoes in the greenhouse.
The Murphy household is eating well!

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  1. You have a wonderful garden! I also have some sort of squash plant growing out of my compost pile. I'm looking forward to seeing what it is. -Jenn

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    1. In reality its rather scruffy - the camera is kind. Lets hope both our compost heaps deliver something tasty!

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  2. There is quite a difference between Devon and 750 feet altitude in Yorkshire.

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    1. I always take a day or two to adjust to the difference when I go 'home' to the Dales. Haven't been in Yorkshire since January and I think it will be a while yet before we venture out from Somerset. I'm keeping in touch with the Coverdale book club via zoom - thank goodness for modern technology!

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  3. Lovely, and it wouldn't be half as beautiful without the rain.
    I don't think I have ever seen ginger flowers until now.

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    1. I agree and I do enjoy the rain when the garden needs a good soak and I know that some sun will follow. (Just not keen on the endless stuff!)

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  4. Everything looks so pretty! I hope you are all well. Hugs!

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    1. All is well, Bonnie. How nice to hear from you.

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  5. Oh how nice Rosemary! I just had a few squash flower and I'm excited to see what happens! I wish I could harvest some veggies soon, but I planted late, so we shall see. My radish seem to be ready to pull out though!

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    1. Quite indecent feasting going on here and I'm also feeding the neighbours! Hope your summer will stay for long enough for your crops to flourish.

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  6. You reckon your flowers are forlorn; you should see ours. We've just come back from a fortnight in the Languedoc and an elderly and rather frail neighbour had agreed to water our plants, most in pots. Alas, the feeder pipe to the hose reel became detached and a watering-can would have been a killer option for him. Amazing how flowers can return from what may often look like terminal death.

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    1. Ah, a fortnight in Languedoc sounds delightful. Withered plants are a small price to pay and if you chop them back they will probably reward you with a good display.

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