I haven’t been able to spend as much time outside as I would have liked this month. The weather has either been far too hot, or very wet, and I have been pretty busy inside. On Saturday morning I took advantage of a couple of cool and dry hours to become reacquainted with what’s going on in the garden:
The blueberries had ripened nicely under their protective netting. I have three plants, supposed to ripen in July, August and September respectively, and yet most of the berries were already ripe. Every time we check the netting, we find a bee inside. We’d been wondering how they get in, but on Saturday morning I saw why they were getting in – there are flowers on the wintergreen. So I have harvested the ripe berries (Ryan had them for breakfast) and taken off the netting for the bees to get to the flowers. If we lose the remaining handful of berries to the birds, then so be it. This is the first summer the plants have been in a raised bed (and only their second with me), so I’m hoping for larger harvests in the future.
My Meyer lemon from Lubera came with young fruits, many of which are now swelling nicely. The plant has also started to flower, and the flowers have a lovely scent.
I managed to overwinter two fuchsiaberry plants (one in the shed and one in the garden; the one I brought inside didn’t make it), and they’re flowering now.
It was time to harvest the pink fir apple potatoes (there were spots on the leaves which may well have been the first signs of blight), so now we have knobbly salad potatoes to eat 🙂 The Sárpo potatoes are immune to blight, and looking as healthy as ever.
The skirret is flowering, which is pretty impressive. This is its second year flowering, so I should think about harvesting some roots.
And, on the windowsill, there are signs of life from the turmeric, which have been so much slower to emerge than those on the ginger.
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