If anyone had asked, I would have said that everything was way behind this year but looking back we picked our first 'spring' cabbage last year on June 15. This year we picked our first on June 18 so they have matured at the same time.
Also at this time last year we took home from the plot, strawberries, salad crops, roses and sweet Williams exactly the same things as we brought home last week.
The strawberries are split up according to variety. We picked Elsanta, Royal Sovereign, Marshmello, Vibrant and Cupid. Maybe we will carry out a taste test later but this lot all went into a couple of bowls together with some Greek yoghurt.
The strawberries along with everything else needs a bit more sunshine (or at least brightness) and a lot less rain.
Some of the strawberries had turned mushy and others had attracted the attentions of slugs. For this reason some are picked slightly under-ripe. They taste ripe in spite of the lack of redness.
The spoiled berries need dealing with in different ways - the mushy ones need to be removed and disposed of but the nibbled ones are best left on the plant. Slugs will return to the site of an earlier meal and eat more of the same fruit. If you remove it they will start on another fruit close by.
Every year the shrub roses on the plot start off with healthy looking leaves which quickly become covered in black spot but at least I can strip off the leaves and pick the flowers.
The daisies in the vase above are the ones that I picked last week and were too good to throw away. I also picked a few stems of candytuft from the self sown carpet under the pear trees.
The sweet Williams have been a disappointment this year. I left the ones that flowered last year as the new plants were poor. There is little difference between the two patches - if anything there are more flowers on the old plants.
|Old plants sown 2014|
|New plants sown 2015|
This year's wallflowers were equally disappointing. I sow the seeds in modules and transplant but this year I have decided to try direct sowing. Coincidentally Monty Don was doing just that on Gardeners' World last week. I did manage a small bunch but there won't be many more.
Today I am linking to Harvest Monday over at Dave's blog Our Happy Acres