This little, lonesome purple flower is my first sweetpea flower, ever! My grandfather used to grow them every year and I was allowed to ‘help’ but I’ve never actually grown them from seed to flower myself before now. This poor plant is a little bedraggled – I put it out a little early and it was caught by the bad storms we had. I found it prostrate and languishing when I came back from hospital, helped it up onto the netting and now it’s starting to eagerly scramble its way up! The comfrey tea I was attempting to brew looks well steeped now. I’m not sure whether to be worried or happy about the fact that it doesn’t really smell much – maybe I’ve done it wrong? Is it missing the vital feeding ingredient which gives it it’s usual horrible smell? I’ll need to do some research.
Another first – tomato flowers. These are another thing I’ve never grown by myself before. My plants are doing well in their new pot which has a reservoir of water in the bottom, growing at a fair pace and flowering away happily.
These strawberries are ‘Cambridge Favourite’ and after producing masses of flowers are now living up to their promise with screeds of huge strawberries. It’s a bit of a challenge to get them before the slugs, but there are at least plenty to go around – I’m picking two or three strawberries around this size each evening. Now that the nasturtiums are in full bloom they, too, are adding vibrant colour to lunch – the flowers and leaves have a lovely peppery taste and worked really well with chickpeas, pineapple and feta cheese for a lovely summery salad.