Ours are still flowering with more blooms yet to come!
Ditto, ours is also continuing to flower a bit. Has REALLY put on growth this year so will be cut back severely this winter. The downside is the flowers are decidedly floppy, but you can’t have everything.
Make sure you really add plenty of bonemeal etc to the planting hole - this is a hungry rose.
Not entirely by coincidence, I suppose, this article in the Times today
We cut another three Butternuts last night (3 more still growing but i doubt they’ll ripen), so far we’ve harvested 18kg of butternut squash from three seeds. All the neighbours are waiting for their care packages! Each one averages about 4.5-5kg.
We also had the first of our candy striped beetroot roasted with roast pork this evening. The first of the squash was utterly delicious (we had that earlier in the week, so much more buttery and less fibrous than shop bought ones, and the stripy beetroot was lovely and earthy with a background sweetness) We’ve still got 2/3rds a bed of beetroot to go for pickling! Happy days
Nope just can’t get my head round weird beetroot … just not right
We’ve got lots of “normal” beetroot as well. For some reason, my wife likes to plant unusual things, we also had purple carrots tonight (yes, i know they were originally purple…) but the homegrown standard orange ones tasted better!
I’m sure it’s just in the mind thing
Fantastic butternut by the way
Harvest time at chateau Harvey - these are my (outdoor) Schiava grapes which I protected from the blackbirds with organza bags. Pretty much as ripe as they’re gonna get and, pips aside, very tasty indeed. The Riechenstieners were, in contrast, pretty feeble little bullets this year and I have donated them to the indigenous wildlife.
Over the moon that, at last, my Amaryllis Belladonnas have flowered, having sulkily produced just leaves since they were planted over 10 years ago…
And it’s a really good autumn colour show this year, no early frosts yet. Here’s some white nerines, my dwarf pomegranate and a cornus kuosa Cherokee Dawn. Oh and the last of the autumn raspberries…
Look better than mine, being severely afflicted by carrot rust fly this year - despite being covered in mesh all summer…
Our camellia and next door’s rhododendron are already in flower. The camellia is always quite early (and will normally stay in flower until early May) but this is unusual.
Same with our camellia….severely pruned in height last winter
Bearded irises in flower here!
Are they early or late?
Confused! The irises flowered in the spring and now flowering again not sure which season they are in!
Many bearded irises are naturally / selected to be re-blooming cultivars, in spring and late autumn. It may take a few years after planting / replanting for this feature to manifest, producing flower buds without needing to have gone through a cold / vernalisation period.
I planted a bed of about 10 different re-blooming varieties about five years ago, and this year about half of them have performed.
This is from an iris merchant’s website but there are many similar references online
I know next to nothing about gardening, and was very surprised to find various roses blooming yesterday. Not terribly impressive blooms but still, they surprised me.
Must be a consequence of climate change!