|This picture was taken on a dull day and the flower is shaded by other vegetation, |
thus showing how yellow can light up the planting scene
There is one universal prediction which holds true for gardening - no matter what - every year will be different :)
2013 is proof in action. After the longer, colder winter and spring's delay, who'd have thought July would be so hot and dry? For the first time in years it means my courgettes, squashes and cucumbers are all flowering in profusion up at the allotment.
In fact they're assuming triffid-like tendencies. They've already overrun the oca (see my 2013 plot plan) and are heading off into Compost City and my new raised beds. I've also had to stop them sneaking off into the plots next door, so one of them has decided to climb up the grapevine instead. It's a delight to see them doing what they're meant to do and I'm enjoying their mellow yellow flowers, as are loads of pollen beetles.
My Nepalese allotment neighbour is very excited by my plants and plans to grow the same varieties next year. When I said I was worried they were beginning to overrun their allotted space, she got even more excited and told me the shoots are edible. Apparently I just need to peel them and then they can be used in stir-fries. What a marvellous discovery and a great way to keep them in check.
|At last there's some late summer fire at VP Gardens, which is |
making me think my large terrace bed should be more hot, hot, hot!
Another prediction which holds true - for my garden at least - is as soon as I mentally decide to get rid of something, it'll slyly decide to over perform and bowl me over. This year it's the Crocosmia 'Emberglow' in my large terrace bed. Until now their best part's been during early growth, when their fresh, sword-like leaves are back-lit perfectly when I look over from the patio.
At flowering time, they've tended to topple over and swamp whatever's planted in front of them. Most disappointing. This year, the seed heads of my 'river' of Allium christophii have formed the perfect natural staking for them to punch through and lean over more conversationally, so at last I'm enjoying the flowers. The only thing that's missing now are the humming birds, like the ones I saw feeding on Crocosmia at the Seattle Fling. That was my first natural, magical sighting of them sipping the flowers - thanks to Mr McGregor's Daughter excitedly waving me over so I saw them - and one that's sorely missed here at VP Gardens.
What's magical in your garden this month?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.