This week (plus weekend) has been a scorcher and so plants have been both thriving and dying. The vegetables did well but also suffered if they were not in the ground for long enough – for example, the melons that you would think would love the warm weather are now dying because there was not enough time for them to put down roots before the heatwave. I will save you looking at the very sad wilted picture.
This is Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegatum’ (probably); a native of New Zealand but will grow in UK as it is frost hardy. That being said, I did actually think that the tree was done for with the Beast from the East (1 and 2) burning its leaves off. You can see in the pictures that some of the leaves are slightly pink; that is the burn; luckily you can also slightly see that there is new sprouts so all is not lost it will just look a little naked.
The reason I put up these picture is that I was reading that it has dark red flowers and I scoffed saying that I had never seen ours or others flowering. I was expecting bigger flowers but these are only 1cm (less than half inch) across but they are quite cute. Not at all visible unless close up to the tree but I guess nature is not actually there for our amusement.
The lilies that I planted have shot up; the bigger two pictures are actually of ones that I commented last Six on Saturday that I thought were dead and weren’t to make an appearance. The hot weather resurrected them and they grew this fast just in the last five days. The ones next to the sweet pea are ‘Black Beauty’ and the resurrected ones are Lilium speciosum var. rubrum.
Speaking of resurrection; Dahlias have made an appearance right next door to the lilies; they were also shrivelled and dead looking but two out of five have sprouted so far and hopefully we might get another for at least a majority. The second picture is not to confuse you – they are more tomato seedlings next to the dahlia/lily ‘bed’; I might just leave them and see what they produce. Tomato volunteers seem to be all over the place; I expect it is because we moved the top soil to put in the new veggie beds and the fallen tomatoes were in the soil.
Eating peas – ‘Carruther’s purple podded’ peas from the HSL collection – a rare seed that as the name suggests creates purple pods of peas for shelling. I liked the idea for easy picking plus the fact that the flowers are also purple and creates some colour in the vegetable patch. I also have some yellow ‘Golden Sweet’ mange tout (snow peas) germinating in toilet tubes for later; not sure if they will have yellow flowers. Sweet peas are definitely not ready yet; but every thing seems to be surprising me this year so maybe tomorrow will be covered in flowers.
Tiny broccoli is growing and also not yet hatched (and never will now) white cabbage butterfly eggs I found on my perennial cauliflower. The cauliflower is very tall (much taller than the broccoli) so I am hoping that the butterflies land on that first. I found two sets of eggs like the picture; very cute and neatly laid out but no long for this world after I found them. I may be an organic gardener but I am in no way vegan in (or out) of the garden and if I find ‘pests’ I hope to catch them before they damage in the first place.
Might as well finish with a gratuitous peony shot; I may not have any (many) tulips this year but I do have peony.