Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Goodbye June, hello July


With a third of the summer already gone, winter doesn't feel so very far away. There's a lot of good things happening in the garden, lots of blooms and herbs, but the cherry-type tomatoes have another couple weeks to go before they're ready. Weather forecasts say hot, hot, hot beginnng tomorrow as winds from Africa will reach the peninsula. It won't affect us too much at our altitude, but I'm making a lot of ice for Campari cocktails!

Polka
Polka™®

Rhubarb-strawberry tart
I only ever get a tiny yield from my rhubarb but added together with strawberry and it makes a delicious tart.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 is looking to be a good year in the garden

Garden 2015

A proper spring season with mild temps made it possible to set out a lot of transplants in late April, and an early summer had done nothing but absolute good for the garden. I hope the weather continues on like this for the next few months! This year I put the basics in the ground - 2 types of tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers - but there was still some space left for cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, melon and a ton of basil for pesto.

Violette Parfumee
Violette Parfumee growing in a planter on the terrace.

On the flower side of the garden, I don't think we could've asked for more from the climbing rose plants. Lots of blooms, not such a heavy aphid infestation (like last year), and the bees are loving it!