Pea Shoots and Leaves
These were photographed eight days after I had sown them from soaked dried kitchen peas. I am so excited by the results I intend to sow more this weekend. We’ll have our first taste later this week when Icut a few dozen tops and add them to a mixed leaf salad.
I sat in the sun last weekend on a crumbling garden wall that had been transformed into a lovely brick- paved terrace. The wall had collapsed into the garden several years before and many of the bricks were excavated from overgrown flower beds. Since the wall was more than high enough for privacy it was tidied up and a 4m long by 2.5m wide sitting area was created from the rescued bricks. The remains of a concrete staircase were smacked with a sledge-hammer ‘a tedious and exhausting job’ said Sam so my advice is to hire a Kango hammer. The smashed concrete was then compacted into rubble for the base. The bricks were laid on their sides and set in a mix of 1 part cement plus 3 parts lime plus 10 parts sharp sand and the same mix was used for the grout. The sand was fine enough to allow moss to gather in the joints which added to the beauty.
My runner beans are still going strong and I am able to pick them whilst they are still relatively thin which is how I like them. By the end of the week the climbing French and borlotto beans should be ready. Then I shall abandon the runners and leave them to form huge pods from which I can push out the fat pink and black beans to steam and drench with garlic and melted butter. There’s a huge bunch of spinach under the beans here in the picture above and I spotted lots more growing well in my small fleece tunnel.
On a neighbour’s plot this magnificent row of two types of dahlias have been in flower for weeks. This one I believe is D. ‘Corton Olympic’ and I am determined to get myself a row or two for cutting next year. The variety below appeals too which I think is D. ‘Fascination’ but it won’t be difficult to choose since all dahlias are pretty spectacular. The owner says she never lifts them in winter and they always come back.
This week the cut flowers are a mixture of Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’ which is still green plus white Japanese anemones and Linaria purpurea ‘Canon Went’. Since the petals on the anemones that I picked last week didn’t drop, and indeed closed buds began to open, I was happy to pick a few more.