The image for this post shows:

  • the sole pear produced by what is still pretty much a stick in my front garden
  • a Crystal lemon cucumber from my greenhouse
  • inadvertently, but inevitably, some dog hairs!

Glossing over 1 and 3, the cucumbers were a fun experiment I shall definitely repeat next year. The plants are dead now, but still had a few fruit on them well after the leaves and stems had turned brown.

They make a pretty, crunchy, health snack; kind of an individual portion cucumber, really.

They are a vigorous climber, but beyond water, and a frame to climb up and over, they didn’t ask for much attention.

Season of mists and sad goodbyes…

It’s sad to see plants you’ve nurtured from seed curling up the leaves and dying off. After the ‘heatwave’ summer, autumn came early. The ‘endless’ hot, sunny, dry days of May, June and July exhausted Nature, with autumn fruits like sloes and blackberries weeks early, at their best in August.

It’s all but the end of this year’s tomato plants, too. I’ve picked the remaining few fruit of all but two plants. Some are still green, so I’m trying to ripen them indoors.
The other plants are now in the garden waste wheelie bin. Leaving two plants still with quite a lot of fruit on them.

This tomato plant survived the odds – and was still flowering a week or so back
The variety is Losetto, by the way

They were the ‘runts of the litters’ originally. Indeed, one as a seedling started out for a while as just a stalk with no sign of leaves. Perhaps because of that, it will seem especially harsh to have to drop them in the recycling bin as well sooner or later.

Anyone else feel bad about this?! I know Tony in the USA does.


…And ruthlessness

If I have been sentimental over annuals, I have been far less so when it comes to pruning. Sorbaria sorbifolia (false spirea) was a moving-in present from relatives that quickly made itself at home.
I don’t think my method of pruning is actually recommended: basically, hacking the stems back down almost to the ground, like raspberry canes. Doesn’t seem to bother the plant too much, though: I’ve done it a few years running and it’s grown back just as vigorously as they do.

3 thoughts on “Green tomatoes and yellow cucumbers

  1. Lemon cucumbers certainly are great for eating fresh, but they do not fit into quart jars well for pickling whole! Getting them into the jars is not the problem. They just do not fit very closely together, so much of the volume of the jars is brine. (They require more brine than cucumbers that fit together better.) They work just as well for slicked pickles.


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