After a short break in the sun in Barcelona last week, am finding it difficult to readjust to life back in Belgium. Mainly because of the weather. It has rained pretty much non-stop for the past week, and while the slugs are delighted, I am not.
There are upsides. Tithonias (Mexican sunflowers) love the rain and they are doing a good job adding some brightness to the bedraggled scene at the allotment and garden. The petals have an amazing oily sheen to them. I think they make a good substitute for dahlias if you can’t be bothered with overwintering tubers and struggle as I do to keep the slugs from dining on them. Tithonias are easier, and grow into big plants in a short time. They are annuals here so you just have to sow seed each spring.
Yeah I do like orange! Very pleased with these Tagetes in the greenhouse, especially as I pilfered the seed from another allotment!
The monstrously spikey blackberry in the front garden is providing plenty of delicious fruit in return for blood. It’s a vicious thing that attacks me mercilessly but it spares the bindweed. Such is the injustice of life. I freeze the berries and then make apple and blackberry pie, mainly.
Am eagerly awaiting the ripening of this enormous beef tomato. I worry that blight will strike at any moment and the lower leaves were showing signs of blackening so I hastily removed them. It’s growing out in the open so it’s more vulnerable.
In contrast, my aubergines in the greenhouse are still tiny! They got red spider mite again this year but I am now treating them with an oil-based spray so hopefully they will catch up.
Finally, I dug up the first Desiree potatoes. They’re a good size. Got a lot more in the ground but I think I should get them out this weekend in case the dreaded blight strikes.
That was Six on Saturday. Pop over to Jim’s blog for more. Hope your weekend isn’t a wash out like mine!