Monday, June 25, 2012

Colourful and decorative vegetables

First up we have some odd tomato flowers - they are more like cornflowers - except not the colour obvs!! I should probably know what they are but I had some issues with labelling varieties at seedling level...........



 Purple beans
 Cucumber
 Pumpkin
 A delicate white bean flower
 Runner beans





Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blooming....



The squash blossoms are blooming thick and fast, and fortunately they are growing nicely into courgettes, pumpkins and cucumbers. The jungle that is the tomato plants are also flowering and thus I'm spending even more time paintbrush in hand. There are a couple of micro tomatoes just forming - such potential! Strawberries are ripening daily and being eaten daily. The various bean varieties and just pushing out their vivid scarlet flowers so they won't be far off now.

 It is like a jungle in here.....but one mouse less now!




 The skies are looking pretty overcast and ominous - thundery showers forecast. That is always fun, with the thunder echoing up and down the lough ( from this angle the lough is just to the left)



Monday, June 11, 2012

A very mixed weekend weather continued......


Having survived gale force winds driving icy rain horizontally across the country this weekend, even the sunflowers are still just about upright. With a little support indeed but am amazed they even survived, even the feathery little dill and the oh so fragile coriander seedlings were not actually washed away. 

And then the sun shone down in all it's soon to be midsummer glory 

.............and fried the polytunnel to record temperatures. 


 Finally after two days of waiting and watching patiently, pollination paintbrush to hand....the first pumpkin flower blossomed briefly.

 OK OK yes I can count and the hanging baskets are propagating along with the strawberry plants, but it's a great way to keep away predators and vermin. I kinda think it looks cool too, baskets swaying in the breeze. :)
 It's not just practical vegetables here you know - there are plants grown for scent or colour.....tomatoes are red and smell nice too though? Trying to rationalise the sheer unexpected numbers of tomato plants that have ....erm appeared. Should have done some basic maths I guess.
 The monster pumpkin plant spreads it's tentacle and lays claim to the territory - Germans and beach towels eat your heart out.

 Red currents are ripening by the hour, all this rain and sun, and here I am totally unprepared without a single idea or recipe for what to do with them all?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The storms have passed.....

Starting to resemble Jungle Land.......
 Squash Anon?
 Courgette - the first has been harvested already!

 Now this one I do know - it HAS to be a pumpkin....I so want loads of them this year. Considering whether bark chippings would be a good plan further down the line. 
 Oh dear....Shaman - that is so not your best side...PLEASE??
Well that tells me huh? More saluki butt......at least it is disappearing out the door?


 Futures...safer than the last issue or at least a little more secure?
 A fleeting moment of double red..now just a memory albeit a sweet one. In here the timing is crucial, they ripen fast but also go over soooo wickedly fast too. 
 One of the first tomato flowers - paintbrushes at the ready?
 I am not actually sure what this plant is actually gonna be/produce....squash of some variety