Freshly picked cam: Summer veggies and flowers

A snapshot of all the awesome stuff the garden has given us this week:

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My first full bouquet from the flower garden

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Buckets of sweat peas (about twice as many as shown here, they smell so good!) and a couple from Martin

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Nothing tastes as good as homegrown tomatoes

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French beans a plenty

~ Green Fingered Girl x

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Gems and the giant veg

A quick look around the vegetable garden is making me feel hungry. It’s heaving with colour-changing tomatoes on the vine, transforming from green to orange with a leafy smell that makes me smile and makes excellent candles for Jo Malone.They’re spilling over the tops of their stands and entwining with the sweet peas in some kind of veggie jungle. An effect enhanced by the volunteers – rogue tomato plants that self-seeded after last summer to remind me that growing things happens whether you mean to or not, so there is not point in worrying if you’re doing things right or getting bogged down in being too complicated.

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We’re also feeling good about the French beans, which are hanging out all the way up to the top of their pyramid stand made my master craftsman (that’s you Dave!). We’ve already started tucking in to these and got heaps last year so looking forward to lots more to come!

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I’ve resisted drawing googley eyes on the corn on the cob for now although I do think it would offset the surfer dude ‘hair’ on the tops nicely. Aware that none of those comments do my street cred any good but I’m a gardening blogger now and this sounds like a comment Alan Titchmarsh would approve of and that’s what counts.

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An admittedly slightly awkward looking courgette is ready for the chop too over on the other side of the garden.

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Here’s the veggie bed in all its glory, we’ve got such a lot of lemon sorrel, a now quite sorry looking basil and rocket, french tarragon tucked away at the front. Elsewhere we’re also growing strawberry plants, previously posted-about figs, baby chillies – all sorts. It’s going to be a delicious summer.

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~ Green Fingered Girl x

Because a watched flower never blooms

What do they say about a watched flower never blooms? Nothing I think, but in any case my going on holiday proved to be just what my garden needed!

While my back was turned Greece-ward, the garden has taken on a whole new life, and I love it! I’m in two minds as to whether pretend to I’m still not here and take sneaky sideways glances through the window, or to swoop in with the snippers and fill the house with flowers.

Here are my three favourite new discoveries!

1 Baby figs: After a couple of years of a nice if twiggy pot plant, we have real life bonafide figs on our tree! Very exciting after how deliciously the air was scented by fig trees all over Kefalonia!

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2. Lavender flowers: Partly a victory entry for having potted the lavender successfully (as in my How To) and partly because ‘yey flowers!’

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3. What can now be officially referred to as a flower garden! This patch of garden took a massive amount of overhaul after a couple of decades of not really being touched, removing several thousand (probably) bulbs and bits and bobs. We cleared the lot and filled the empty space with flowers. I had no idea how the plants were going to look but I’m really happy with how it’s turning out!

Step 1: Flower arranging

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Step 2: Using imagination

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Step 3: Awesome Flowers

~ Green Fingered Girl x

Broccoli in bloom

It’s funny how veg tastes so much better when you grow your own. Purple sprouting broccoli was a real treat over winter, with heaps of servings from just a couple of plants. What came as a bit of a surprise was the pretty yellow flowers that arrived late in May as the seasons change and summer crops prepare to go in. They are apparently edible but we decided to try cutting the stems a bit longer and putting them in a vase instead. I was pretty happy with the result!

Here’s a little look at what the broccoli plant looked like in the ground – there is still more to eat here but we wanted to make room in the veg garden so we were ready to move on.

~Green Fingered Girl x