Thanks Mavis, you've left us a lovely legacy
It's nice to be back with 'Enorma'!
Four years ago Geraldine accused me of being a stick-in-the-mud because I would not try new varieties. I was a bit miffed, so I did!
I had runner beans shaped like horseshoes, runner beans which were stringy even when young, runner beans which had no flavour and runner beans with pretty two-tone flowers which all dropped off.
Now I am back with my old favourite – Enorma. The plants look as if covered with long green icicles.
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Even though I trimmed off the topmost shoot tips, I need tall steps to harvest the beans and because I stopped the plants, young shoots are now climbing the canes and flowering.
You have to be careful when you harvest Enorma and not just pull the beans from their stems – Enorma doesn't like this. I use a sharp knife to make a clean cut.
I harvest late evening just when the last of the bumble-bees, who love the bright scarlet flowers, have trundled back to their nest in one of our sheds which now has a notice hanging on the door 'Bumble Cottage'. And just look at the beans! This one, as straight as a lace is (I'll measure it!)...eighteen inches long. No, it isn't an old bean, it's a new one and listen, it snaps as clean as if cut by a knife!
It's nice to be back to 'Alicante'. I have tried several different tomato varieties over the past few years and the only close runner up was Shirley.
My plants have heavy trusses of sensibly-sized fruits with none of the leaf-curling problems I had with some I tried. Alicante still does a little trick which we can forgive. Sometimes it has what I call a running truss.
This is where a good truss will suddenly elongate and produce a shoot at the end.
You simply cut the 'run' back to the main truss.
It's nice to be back to 'French Breakfast'. I love this radish which seems to have no hangups and produces those pretty pink and white roots which you can cut into equal rings for salad decoration. It's crispy, mild, nutty-flavoured and sweet.
But one adventure I have tried this year will always now remain on my seed list. This is a mini cucumber called Mini Petita. I grew just one plant (suspiciously) and planted it in a space in the back of one of the greenhouses.
I built a low caned support to make it spread outwards and left it to get on with its life. In no time at all it filled the back of this greenhouse and the stems covered themselves with big leaves and then it started to produce six-inch cucumbers with a lovely fresh flavour. More came, and more and still many more.
I think all our neighbours are beginning to get tired of cucumbers! Certainly a wonderful find.
Sometimes a plant becomes a member of the family, like this one just here. It's a very old white-flowering phlox.
Years ago an elderly lady called Mavis lived in a picturesque cottage in the village.
She grew this white phlox against the roses near her front door. So many in the village loved this phlox that in spring she used to cut pieces up and give them to people.
Now every garden in the village has this phlox giving its cloud of white flowers
Our phlox originated from this and grows up and through the hardy geranium 'Johnson's Blue' (which is dozing quietly now, preparing for another flush in late September). I never met Mavis (I wish I had) but she haunts our garden every August and all the other gardens too.
Nice chatting to you!