I apologise because my posts are a bit slow at the moment, but I have really had very little time to blog. Two visitors have just left after a two week stay, and tomorrow I have a very dear friend, who has just moved back to the UK from South Africa, coming to stay for 10 days. I am really looking forward to seeing her again, so if I disappear for another while, please do not be surprised.
I have taken a few photos around the garden and although I am picking some produce, most things are very slow. Firstly due to late planting, as I was so busy on arrival, and secondly due to the lack of rain. We are getting some cloudy days and there have been several storms around us, but we just seem to miss it all, other than a couple of light drizzly days that have barely registered in the rain gauge.
Onions with chard in the background, asparagus now over to the left.
Potatoes in front, pumpkins, tomatoes and topinambour behind.
The canes with the white tops are to prevent me from sticking them in my eye!! I learnt this trick the hard way!
Granny Smith apples
Beans which are very slow this year!
My first courgettes of the year
Plums; they will only be ready in August, so I hope we get some rain to prevent them all from dropping.
The tomatoes are doing well, but I have only picked the very few which have ripened so far.
Unknown flower with unknown bug!!
This may be a type of cornflower but I am not certain. It is a very tiny flower, the whole head being no more than 2cms in diameter. There are 'real' cornflowers next to it which are identical colour. I have thrown in seeds from a mixed packet as I did last year and identification (for me) is very difficult!!
Thanks to Michelle from New Zealand I have discovered that this is Nigella, or common name Love in the Mist.
Ha, this one I know is hydrangea, but the flowers this year are quarter normal size.
The sage is doing very well despite the drought
Last but not least is this beautiful rose, a photo which I captured one evening while in the UK earlier this month. I have a couple of cuttings here in the French garden, but they will take a couple of years to get as well established as this plant.