potimarons and patipans
As the picture shows the squash have been picked and are awaiting many risottos, stews and curries.
The garden is slowing down now with some beds already empty with all the squash, courgettes and potatoes picked and stored. Still available are leeks, kale and borlotti beans, with fennel and cauliflowers available next month. Not sure if the fennel are frost hardy, so I may lose those if we get an early frost.
leeks and kale
hyssop, dill and fennel
We also have a last flush of flowers with the asters being particularly good this year after we divided them from just two plants last year.
wild flower bed
The garden is also full of dodgy looking mushrooms. I’m clueless on fungi identification so unless a local expert tells me they are edible, they are staying put!
Hybrid pattipan squash
August has followed on from July with less hot weather, but still a couple of spells of 30C+, one of which we are in at the present.
Bit too hot to do anything after midday!
The picture of the squash above is a mystery as it should look like the picture below.
I think it’s been planted too close to some potimarron squash and a bit of hybridisation has occurred.
Lots of beetroot available now, which we normally make into soup to have chilled on these hot days.
Plenty of courgettes and leeks are also available, though generally the garden still looks a bit scorched from the heat. We have only had one apple make it through to the end of summer, so we are monitoring it daily.
hyssop and bees
leeks and fennel
cauliflowers, hopefully safe from the cabbage whites
our sole surviving apple
Flowers below all grown from seed provided by Ben over at the Higgledy Garden. If you don’t buy your flower seeds from him you should give him a try.
ipomoea “heavenly blue”