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A Miscellany

By Mwillis
Most days I take a wander round the garden with my camera in hand, to see if there is anything photogenic. It's actually a very good way of checking on the progress of my plants, because it encourages me to look at them very closely. Here are a few of the things I saw yesterday.
The Japanese Anemone "September Charm" is in full bloom now, and attracting lots of Hoverflies.
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The first flowers on the Rudbeckia "Goldsturm" will be opening soon.
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Last Autumn I divided my Rudbeckia and put pieces of it in several different places, so it will be interesting for me to see where it does best.
The Blueberries are ripening now:
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It's a good job I have them netted, otherwise the Blackbirds would be stealing them already!

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Blueberries - bird's eye view


We ate the first ripe tomato a couple of days ago - yes we shared one cherry-sized tomato between us - and now there are more tomatoes turning color on several plants, particularly the smaller ones like Losetto, Maskotka and Sungold.

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"Maskotka"


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"Sungold"


The bigger tomatoes normally ripen later. These "Costoluto Fiorentino" ones are a long way from ready. Don't they have an odd speckly colouring?

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"Costoluto Fiorentino"


Likewise, it will be quite a while before these Cherokee Purple turn color. It's usually worth the wait though, because they ripen to a beautiful deep bronzy-purple color.

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"Cherokee Purple"


I anticipate harvesting the first Runner Beans within the next few days. These early ones are very curved; I hope later on I will get lots of nice long straight ones.

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Runner Bean "Scarlet Emperor"


Here's a plant you have look at very closely to notice - it's Winter Savory. As you can see, it's flowering now. That's OK because it has done its main job for the year, which is complementing Broad Beans. I think Winter Savory goes brilliantly with Broad Beans - just like Mint goes with new potatoes.

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Winter Savory


I have lots of little Lettuce plants coming along, and some of them are nearing the size at which they could reasonably be planted-out. These "Yugoslavian Red" are just beginning to develop red speckles.

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Lettuce "Yugoslavian Red"


When my onions are lifted I plan to replace them with endives and radicchio for harvesting in the Autumn, so I have some seedlings for those too:

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Radicchio "Rossa di Verona"


I'll conclude my tour for today with a photo of a tiny spider I saw lurking on one of my chilli plants:
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