Terrace Update XXIII
June 1, 2011 by sevenbrane
It’s time now for the summer vegetables to get started. I planted a tomato and eggplant and also kept some of the “volunteer” seedlings that sprang up from the compost. I grew some cucumber plants from seed, but they are still small.
I am finally having some success with my strawberries, especially the wild ones. I grew the plants from seed during the first year, but they remained tiny. While last year they grew lots of leaves, they did not bear many fruits. Now they finally got going. I can harvest a handful of strawberries every day (with some competition from the slugs, but the slug infestation is less bad than last year). Sometimes, gardening just needs a longer time frame. This is also true for the floxglove (digitalis) plant I bought last year. Last year it bloomed while we were gone in June. Then it made lots of large leaves, crowding out my pot and annoying me. But this year, I got repaid: the plant sent up six stalks and burst into full bloom, even in two colors. We can admire it in all its poisonous beauty (it’s about the most poisonous thing you can have in a garden, and to be honest, it makes me slightly uncomfortable). Also the sweet peas are blooming now. I had grown them from seeds I had saved last year, and for some reason, I ended up with only red ones (last year I had white, pink and red). I guess it’s Mendel’s genetics at work here.
The trees seem to be doing quite well, too. I actually fear some of them are getting too big. Even the olive tree we bought last year is blooming now.
There are two new additions to the garden (pictures next time, when things have progressed): I installed a net coming down from the roof to grow my green curtain on, and I bought a waterlily!