So here’s a look at what was going on in the gardens of Maple Hoo this afternoon.
First up, a view of the raspberry bramble out the mud room window in the “basement”.
We went outside with the camera in the early evening, when the sun’s low enough to make watering worthwhile, and also casting long shadows.
We had some fun taking pictures of the urn at the front door, filled with begonias and some kind of little white flower by Boomer.
Inside the garden walls, there were some calypso bean pods that were well and truly dried — time to harvest them!
In the next bed over, the carrots are coming up like gangbusters.
Next to the carrots, the Nardellos, stripped of their early-growing peppers, are finally thriving.
And in the far corner, the radishes are going crazy to seed; they’ve grown in a wave over the side of the bed, and have these gorgeous, delicate pink flowers.
Looking across the bed, the Black Plums and gherkins are looking like they’re getting a bit tired, and have a kind of “leafy arbor” shape to them, like they’re serving as shady hollows for smurfs or something.
And something we’ve learned about gherkins is that if you leave them on the vine too long, they grow insanely huge, and then turn orange.
It was one of those perfectly gorgeous evenings in the garden — warm, dry, with leaf-rustling breezes, and all our plants were happy to get watered after the heat of the day.