Morning meander...

19 May, 2013

Today's morning meander has a mix of the last summer crops, and the beginnings of the winter crops. And lots and lots of yellowing leaves...

Yellowing Cherry leaves

The solo passionfruit is darkening - could it be ripe soon?

I'm not sure what this is, as it was in the garden when I arrived here. But its purty.

More autumnal shades, this time courtesy of one of the apples.

Autumnal shades of strawberry.

Lots of lemons.

Smoke bush going golden.

Suprise, some of the late sown eggplants are still fruiting!

This one too! I'm not sure if this is Casper or Snow White as the labels are missing.

I think I have to accept that the zucchini is really gone now.

Some transplanted red cabbages are doing ok.

Others are fighting for their lives.

Millions of beetroot seedlings are up.

Cabbages forming.

OMG! I have a cauliflower!

Self sown peas still coming along.

Broccoli!

Chillis hanging in there.

More autumnal leaves, this time on the espaliered pears.

Bought parsnip seedlings - my sown seed didn't come up.

Self sown broad beans already flowering.

Leeks thickening up just in time for soup weather.

Still some corn cobs coming along.

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos..... the parsnip seeds I were given seemed hard to sow too..... I did get some. The lady who gave them to me told me they are a very short lived seed.

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    1. Yes, I've heard the same. And also that you should pre-soak them to assist with germination but I never do it. Next time I will make the effort!

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  2. Parsnips are about the only thing where I would consider buying an F1 hybrid - they have improved germination as one of their characteristics.
    I remember our neighbour having a lemon tree in their garden when I was a kid in NZ *nostalgic sigh*

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    1. Ah, do you know which varieties are F1 - most commonly I see hollow crown but I don't know if that's a hybrid or not. I love my lemon tree - It was one of the first trees I bought and lived for 4 years in a pot before it went into the ground at this house and has flourished ever since. Even the smell of the leaves when I brush past or need to prune is a delight.

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  3. Beautiful! That cauliflower is electric, and the espaliered pears so pretty.

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    1. Cheers. The cauli is a purple sicily and incredibly lurid. I'll see what happens to the colour when I cook it tomorrow night. The espaliered pears are pretty - now if they would only fruit! Ah well, they've only been in for two years, one day...

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  4. You really have a mixture of season there Bek. Everything looks fantastic around your garden.

    Gav x

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  5. Fab that the broad beans are already flowering. I've planted a huge area with them but it is in complete shade from the house at this time of the year. If they don't fruit then they will be green manure but now I'm not sure whether to plant some in more conducive conditions or not... I love the colour of your cauli.

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    1. It's nice that even if crops aren't massively successful to produce that legumes like broadbeans are still great for green manure. You could always re-sow in early spring if you come up with a better space...

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  6. Beautiful photos, gorgeous produce! Parsnip seed needs to be very fresh. I have only had success when I buy a fresh packet of local, reputable seed, and plant it straight away. Seed saving a good solution. Mind you, I haven't planted any for years. Not many parsnip lovers here.
    I think your mystery flower is a chrysanthemum.

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    1. You have just cemented my thought to let a parsnip go to seed, which is something I have never managed as I love them too much. Thanks for the plant ID!

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  7. As Jo said you have a chrysanthemum (usually come up around mothers day). I grew a parsnip (in client's garden)to seed state and I have to say while I planted seeds in both her garden and mine it was about a 50% success rate so had to re-plant and they do look good. Oh and the plant was a hollow crown

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    1. Thanks - its good to know what it is. Hmmm, even 50% is better than my 0% though...

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