There is that inevitable moment when you get back from holiday, step into your garden and think ‘Wow – it’s a jungle out here.’ It’s not just the length of the lawn – yes it has grown back after the drought as Granny’s Garden promised. It’s as if all of the plants, liberated by the absence of the gardener, have gone wild.
It’s great to be back after a break joining in with The Propagator and his weekly clarion call to blog six things that are happening in your garden right now. This week I have chosen six of the sights that greeted me after two and a half weeks in France.
1. Russian giant
I planted some sunflower seeds as a bit of an afterthought this year. I watered them through the drought, but when we went away they were still only knee high. It’s amazing what a decent downpour or two can produce – this sunny fellow greeted us on our return. We have been driving past countless fields of ‘tournesols’ in France, but there is something special about your own.
2. Hallowe’en here we come
As part of the Three Sisters method of growing corn, beans and squash together – and alongside the sunflowers – I planted a few different varieties of squash including the classic Halloween pumpkin. I’m not sure which this baby will grow up to be.
Speaking of beans and corn, it was time to harvest them – I got enough to make a healthy bean stew with our own potatoes. After two and a half weeks of pastries for breakfast and a nightly glass of wine or two it is time for a plant-based health kick.
4. Bronze fennel
The fennel is not looking so bronze any more and has come into flower. These make wonderful seed heads in the autumn and winter.
5. Cavolo Nero and rainbow chard
I had almost given up on this bed during the drought but it has come back to life. It may look a bit messy but there are delicious leaves to be picked for dinner.
Perovskia seems to be a popular plant in France – used widely in car parks and public spaces. I didn’t plant this specimen, it just appeared poking its way through the daphne, but I’m loving its purple spires.
That’s it from me for this week. Don’t forget to visit The Propagator and his followers to see how their gardens grow.