Purple Toadflax (Linaria Purpurea) growing happily away in my garden providing the bumble bees with plenty of food at the moment
- Perennial, flowering June to August. Height 2 – 3 ft (60 – 90 cm).
- Slender spikes of purple flowers – looks like Lavender from a distance!
- Sun. Drought-tolerant and self-seeds well.
Well… I decided to clear out the greenhouse at the weekend and give it a good old scrub out.
We picked the last of the tomatoes, including the green ones…. they look fab in the dish together, the colours are so vibrant.. I would really like to make some tomato and chilli relish, so if anyone out their has a tried and tested recipe that they would like to share, i’d love toi hear from you
Next I dug some potatoes from the 3rd bed for our dinner… and look what I dug up…. the organic Lady Balfour variety that I got reduced to 50p at the local garden centre turned up trumps…. with this whopper
I took it into my workshop to measure it … it was a whopping 6inches long and weighed in at 1lb 12.1 oz!!!
I have spent a fair bit of time out in the garden today, mowing, strimming harvesting, hanging out numerous loads of washing, taking loads of pictures and generally just keeping busy and the garden tidy.
Here are some of the pictures taken from around the garden today : –
First of all we have the rogue sunflower, this beautiful big flower is the result of a seed falling out of the bird feeder and managing to land in a big flower pot, survive all winter and then germinate to produce this : -)
Next up is the final harvest of Peas for this year, we had these with our tea tonight, nothing went to waste as the chickens and rabbits got the remainder of the plants that I cleared from the garden…. theyre all stuffed full with pea leaves and stalks now 😉
Then I harvested some broad beans, this is the first year I have grown them and I love them, they will be back on the planting agenda for next year! Still have one more harvest left then I will clear the area.
I found 1 solitary onion that had been left in from last year, I actually thought it was garlic, that was until I lifted it out of the ground, I accidentally pierced it a wee bit, so i’ll use it this week… Once I washed all the muck off it I hung it up to dry on the washing line 🙂
Can you spy the springer spaniels tail in the picture lol…. he managed to get in the act all the time!
Finally we dug up some potatoes… some of them were absolutely HUGE… and a couple of them were stinking and rotten for some reason, so we will be lifting the rest of them this week and having spuds for tea all week 🙂
Picked some more broad beans and peas from the garden for this evenings dinner.. I reckon there will probably be enough left in the garden for another two more harvests.
This is the first year I have grown broad beans and i’ll definately plant more next year.
I have no idea what type these tomatoes are, I got the plants from my mother in law, and I think she mentioned that they were Sungold, but they came out a different shape from what I was expecting, I grew sungold last year and they were round lol.
Just a small update from the greenhouse this afternoon…
The tomatoes are looking really really good and wont be too long before they are ripe and ready to be harvested.
The peppers are looking fantastic too… plenty of flowers and a few fruits forming, I have another 5 plants just like this one so we’re going to have loads of peppers 🙂
Wandering around the garden this afternoon I noticed that out potato plants are flowering…
Arn’t they just the the most delicate and pretty white flowers?
The potatoes are coming along great in the raised bed and containers…
My OH has been helping out by balancing on the edges of the raised beds earthing them up
There is nothing better than the taste of home grown potatoes… roll on late summer 🙂
The tomato plants are comng along nicely, this is what they looked like 3 weeks ago…
This is what they look like now…. quite impressive that in just 20 days they have doubled in size!
I have never tried growing squash before so this is a first for me and I’m quite excited about it 🙂
Sweet Dumpling – This small, mildly sweet-tasting squash resembles a miniature pumpkin with its top pushed in. Weighing only about 7 ounces, it has sweet and tender orange flesh and is a great size for stuffing and baking as individual servings. Sweet dumplings are tiny but great for roasting and presenting whole.