Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The promise of things to come

Mange-tout - any day now one of these flowers will form a green pod. I'm watching out for it.

The courgette plants have settled in and I will be picking as soon as one is big enough.

It will take a little longer for the broad beans but the tops have been pricked out and there's no sign of black fly.

I shall wade may way through the strawberry patch and some may even make it into the house. Perhaps I should make some jam.

Now I don't know what these are. I sowed a half empty packet which had no name on it. I thought they were lettuce ...

but I think I'm wrong. I'm not going to start eating until I know what they are. Any ideas?

The corn has started to grow after a very cold start. We put them in the ground too early and the weather didn't help them. We had a bumper crop last year. I hope they all make it this year.

Climbing frame number 2 has runner and French beans ready to climb. I sow the seed straight into the ground. If nothing comes up I sow again as I collect the seed from the previous year.

Aha! My grapes. They've had a haircut twice and a little shake of each bunch just to thin them out. They are not heavy enough to hang downwards yet but it promises to be a bumper crop.

Tommyatoes - all set to roll!

We don't eat the asparagus every day so some have started to grow into ferns. There's a nice tender one just waiting to be eaten for tea. No more picking after June.

The onions are starting to thicken at the base ...

and the spring onions are ready.

Now why take a picture of the garden tap? Why the promise of a lovely large poppy which has started to grow at the base. They tend to pop up all over the plot but only a few are allowed to flower. This is one of them.

The promise of things to come plus the delight of watching them all grow now.



  1. The plants look a bit like spinach or chard, your veg is coming on great and your grape vine is lovely, mine wont be producing anything this year but there is always next year :-)

  2. Hello! I've learned something from today's post!! We have an asparagus fern in our garden which every summer grows into a magnificent large fern. I never realised that it could be picked when small, just like asparagus!! I'm not completely dumb either and thought I was a competent gardener! I've been picking it to put with flowers in a vase. Oh well, never too old to learn something new! (Am 50).

    1. You might want to do a bit of research. Asparagus fern is not the same as asparagus. After the harvest season, asparagus spears are left to grow into ferns which feed the roots for the following year's harvest.

  3. Your veg garden is looking good, I agree with Dawn on the plants they def. look edible.
    Meanwhile here, our broad beans have blackfly, the wind has damaged the out door beans, the asparagus bed is lacking rain otherwise everything in the garden is rosy!!

  4. I enjoyed your photos, every thing looks wonderful!

  5. Home grown fruit and veg yummy - all I grow is potatoes in flowers pots!
    Julie xxxxxx

  6. I'll second the chard suggestion, that's what I thought as soon as I saw it. Joy x x

  7. Can't believe you have no blackfly on your broad beans, I don't think we ever grew them without the little blighters. lol
    I cant wait to see that poppy, usually the self sown one's are big and beautiful.

  8. Hi, we call that plant here in Australia Silver beat , it is a chard. Very nice steamed and I use it instead of spinach in a spinach and feta cheese pie . Can replace any recipes needing spinach . You can get this plant with brightly coloured stems and it's called Rainbow chard.

  9. I'm laughing at Mrs LH sticking asparagus in her flower vase!!

  10. Don't worry, I am still laughing at myself too! It does look nice though in a vase but we'd have preferred to eat it when still small!!

  11. None of our courgette plants have survived so if you get a glut of courgettes.....


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