I haven’t been able to do much except ramble through the garden this week but look forward to having a clearer week shortly to get back on track with all that needs doing. Even seasonal harvesting tasks like picking tomatoes have had to be neglected, mainly because that means they would then need to be dealt with. They started fruiting much earlier this year – at least a month before the early September of last year’s crop. In the larger greenhouse are several plants of ‘Gardeners Delight’, Sungold, Sweet Aperitif and an orange cherry tomato. Like last year, the Gardeners Delight tomatoes are imposters (below left) – large, stripey and relatively tasteless. At least the larger size means less tomatoes to skin for chutney, production of which began today – I usually make a dozen jars, one for each month, but with 5 jars of 2014 chutney left my consumption has clearly dropped this year! On the right, the first of the small orange peppers are fully ripe.
This time last year the smaller greenhouse was home to several trays of autumn sown seeds – not so in 2015 (making it a pressing task for next week), but at least there are cells of wallflower and stock sown in June and probably ready to plant out, along with the first of several plants collections from Hayloft, the purchase that triggered my plant buying embargo for next year. This greenhouse in particular needs a good freshen up and the capillary mats in the gravel trays need a good wash before next year’s seed sowing starts in earnest.
Thank you to Julie of Peonies and Posies who hosts a monthly greenhouse catch up – do have a look at her September greenhouse post if you have not already done so. It is always interesting to see what is happening in other greenhouses, both big and small.
I am also linking with Lucy of Loose and Leafy for her monthly tree following, even though there is little to report on the Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ that I have been watching. Measuring it today shows it has grown a further 4cms, now reaching 119cms. Like almost all my other witch hazels there is a mass of flower buds (below left), last month being the first time I realised how early these buds developed – after all, it will be at least three months or so before they begin to open. Notwithstanding this, there are still fairly new leaves (below centre) on the plant and there is no sign of any autumnal colouring yet. The seed pods are still intact, and the pink hairnets I showed last month are now also enclosing various other seedheads around the garden. I suspect things will be looking rather different both in the greenhouse and for this witch hazel by this time next month, when autumn will have its foot firmly in the door!