We're having a little heatwave. It was 85 deg F at 8:30 a.m. this morning. I got hot and sweaty just walking around taking pictures.
It was warm all night too. Hopefully that means some tomato flowers got pollinated, although I don't think we have very many flowers. (For tomato flowers to pollinate successfully, it needs to stay above 60 deg F all night.)
The cuke crop was much larger last summer when it was warmer. These plants appear stunted. (Potatoes coming up on the left.)
A cucumber to pick.
Not overwhelmed by the beans this year either, but the handfull I just picked & ate were sweet and crunchy.
When it became clear we were having a cold summer, I yanked the tomatoes I had in this half-barrel and sowed some super-short season squash seed instead. The tomatoes wouldn't have ripened before November cold, but maybe some squash will.
No grapes yet. Maybe next year? I hope so. The leaves are turning.
I really like the raspberry foliage too.
Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' makes plump and tasty fruit, but I usually eat them before they reach maximum ripeness.
Nothing else in edible garden news worth discussing right now, and I only have a few new flowery things.
This arctotis is new. I don't remember the cultivar name.
The weedy Amaryllis belladonna is in full bloom, heralding the fall.
Likewise, this crazy zinnia.
And the Epilobium canum my friend Emma gave me.
Behind the scarlet and white fuchsia, this Ceanothus is finishing a summer bloom. For a little while there I had a red, white, and blue thing going on.
Annual tarweed, Madia elegans, is gorgeous in the sun and the fragrance of the foliage is amazing.
Even more amazingly fragrant is the Salvia clevelandii foliage. You should come over and smell it some time.
Up on the deck, this
I'm going to put it in the garden next year.