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.