The weather so far has been very mixed this July. Sometimes extremely hot – peaking at 37C – and at other times very wet. So a mixture of sunshine and rain that the garden has thrived on. The early potatoes lifted last week (Mona Lisa) are proving very tasty and we are also picking the first french beans and courgettes. Both varieties of climbing beans are doing well with the purple beans already coming into flower. As a bonus, both cats find the bean tunnel a good shady place on a hot day.
Lots of the flowers we planted earlier, including Foxglove “Alba” are now flowering along with the sweet peas.
Contrasting lettuce! Batavia (left) and red salad bowl (right).
Its been a very hot month so far, with storms in between the sunshine. This has saved us from doing a lot of watering and with the bonus of a full water-butt.
Looking north over the tomato plot
Looking south down the garden
Everything for this season is now planted out or sown, just waiting for some beans and fennel to germinate!
So far we have been able to harvest rhubarb, strawberries, peas, salad, and egyptian onions. The new potatoes will soon be ready and the red and black currants are both near ripeness. We have lots of blueberries this year, however they need a few more weeks before ripening ready to eat.
looking north across the orchard
honesty seed pods
apple (reine de reinette)
Abandoned Renault 4, Cougeat
We set off early morning to try and avoid the heat, but as we chose one of the hottest days of the year so far, it was a lot harder than the 10km actually travelled.
Looking towards the Cezallier
Church, St Prejet-Armandon
roofs at Cubelles
Horses near La Peluche