Flowers, fruit, and almost fruit.

Summer is almost here, but it feels like it’s already here, with a day this weekend that hit 100 degrees. Some absolutely frantic watering and mulching took place, and as today is a much more sedate 76, I think I managed to save most everything.

Well, except for the turnips- once again cabbage fly screws with my hopes and dreams.

Don’t talk to me about cauliflower.

But, as we move into the warmer months, quite a lot in the garden is beginning to flower.

Including my new borage plant. Borage is one of my favorite plants, such delicate flowers on such a robust plant.

I even got the rarer pink variation on one of the blooms. If the heat doesn’t chase off the bees, they’ll have a treat in my garden.

In other flower news, I put in new sunflowers.

There’s this great nursery company called Annie’s, that specializes in rarer and heirloom varieties of plants. Their flowers are always great, but for allergy reasons I can’t grow most of them.

But no one in my house is allergic to sunflowers!

I got a big bear, a claret, and a shock-o-lat. I put them next to my existing sunflowers in what used to be the cauliflower bed.

Still don’t want to talk about it.

I also sowed some of the multi-colored poppy seeds in front in the mulch, we’ll see if they come up.

The heat wave has just fried my last Bok Choy- and it’s throwing in the towel and bolting. Oh well. All the cabbage family flowers are really pretty and largely identical. It’s amazing how much this Bok Choy looks like a wild mustard.

Here’s a dark horse, my Yerba Buena is flowering! Just little trumpets hiding among the leaves. I cannot get over this mint, to the point where I bought a second. It just smells so good, and as a native it will thrive in our climate, and feed our local pollinators.

The French thyme has started flowering, which should be appreciated by the bees. Thyme flowers are also very pretty.

What’s this? A pumpkin flower peeking out behind some leaves?

Surprise! It’s *three* pumpkin flowers behind some leaves! I have visions of October pumpkins dancing in my head, and isn’t that exciting.

The tomato news is mixed. On the one hand the black krim looks great.

Now that’s a nice baby tomato.

On the other hand the sun gold looks like this.

At least the ladybugs are having a feast.

I did get one ripe sun gold today- which went right into my mouth. That’s where most of the purple peas have been going too. Between last year and this year the sun gold seems to be an aphid magnet more than the other tomatoes. I wonder if that’s a problem with the plant variety itself.

The fake romanesco saga drew to a close.

Judging by how it tastes once I cooked it- it wasn’t even a purple cauliflower, it was a purple broccoli. It was delicious of course- but hardly what was advertised on the seed packet.

Had to hose off all the cabbage aphids though, growing broccoli comes with some grossness.

I got my first cuke a few days ago too- a fine Boston pickle. The vines got a little scorched during the heatwave, so we’ll see how they perform later in the month.

I’ll leave you with some baby apples, growing precariously over my upper zucchini patch’s sunflower.



8 thoughts on “Flowers, fruit, and almost fruit.

  1. Growing really well by look of things – that’s an awesome pic of the ladybug!

    I’d be interested to know which heirloom plants you’re allergic to. Kinda relevant to my work at times.

    1. the top of one of my vines totally died back as well, the 100 degree wave was not great for them. Luckily most of the vines are established enough that it looks like they’ll overall survive. Several of my mint cuttings bit it too in the heat. At least my tomatoes look happy with it.

      1. Mine seem to have perked up after I gave them a heavy watering and made little sun umbrellas for them with old dishtowels. And yeah, the tomatoes are kicking back and saying, “Bring it on!”

  2. That warmth was wicked! I worked inside on Monday and Tuesday, so did not notice it until I went outside and noticed that the thermometer said it was 110 degrees.It is in a warm spot, so I do not know how warm it really was, but I was told that if the thermometer says it is 110, that it is probably about 100 degrees. That is rather warm for us here.
    We have a few herbs that self sow at work, but borage is not one of them. I don’t know why. It used to appear in my former neighborhood regularly. I did not know what it was, but left it because I figured that someone would know what to do with it. Well, it never happened. Now that I want it, it will not show up. The stinging nettle is gone too this year.

    1. If the borage wont self sow for next year I’ll do it myself. I remember Pam Peirce’s borage fondly from the class I took with her, but I could never get a plant. Now that they’re regularly sold at Sloat and I have seed packets of the stuff, I’m going to go hog wild with the stuff. Mixed beds are the best bet in the battle against the bugs, and borage is the queen of insect repellents. Also it feeds bees and it’s quite pretty, and I will experiment with recipes because it is edible.

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