Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Heath Wave

Well, no gardening for some time. It was 23°C (73F) at 5 o'clock in the morning. Saturday and Sunday will be the peak of this heat wave, but we can't expect some significant temperature drops in  the next ten day as well.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Harvesting Vegetables

The cucumber vines are full of flowers. I have to check them up regularly because they grow big and turn yellow in no time. My favourite cucumber dish is 'tzatziki', a Greek sauce usually served with grilled meat. It is easy to make and perfect for hot summer days. You need cucumbers, plain yogurt, some salt and pepper, a tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice and if you like it, dill and garlic. 

I picked this nice vegetable early in the morning. There is something to pick almost every day. The 'Hokkaido' squashes will be soon ready for harvesting too and I am looking forward to it. I read that this one can be cooked in an oven and that's how I love to eat it. It is also good for making soups so, I have to look up for some recipes.

Tomatoes look healthy and soon will be ready for harvesting. They germinated all over the vegetable garden. It only confirms how mild the winter was. 

To finish this post, I will show you how I found one of the containers with seasonal flowers. The plants completely trashed and there is a pretty big hole in the middle. I wonder who or what did this?!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Powdery Mildew

Unfortunately, a fungal disease attacked the honeysuckle that climbs the terrace fence. I haven't noticed it until some days ago, and it seems that it spreads rapidly. Being do severely affected, I think I am going to remove the whole plant by cutting it down to the ground. It grows rather quickly, and I only hope the new growth would be healthy. 

So it is in the garden, some plants grow healthy and vigorously, the other decline. Astrantia 'Shaggy' is very beautiful this year. 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Cutting and Pruning

Today is the third time as I harvested about 1 kg of French beans. I will cook a vegetable stew tomorrow with dill and some hot peppers. I picked up the very first cucumbers and two courgettes as well. It feels so good to go into the vegetable garden and pick up the fresh vegetables. I am repeating this every year, but whoever got one must be very grateful for it.

This is the squash 'Hokkaido'. It will take some time to turn bright orange and be ready for harvesting.

What I have been doing these days in my garden is pruning the spring flowering shrubs. The picture above shows what has left of my Weigelia. I gave it such a harsh cutback to rejuvenate the shrub. Don't you worry about it. The next picture shows how it was full of flower the next spring after my neighbour accidentally cut it almost to the ground with the chainsaw some years ago. Namely, he cut down an elder tree that was growing right on the border of our two plots. The elder tree fell right over my Weigelia and he did not see it. He finished cutting the branches of the elder tree and my Weigelia as well. Well, accidents happen and Weigelia never before had so many flowers as the next spring.

All of that was the new growth bending down under the multitude of flowers. 
I need to cut back the Mock orange and Deutzia tomorrow. Like Weigelia, they are also the shrubs that flower on the wood growth made in the previous season.