Monday, July 28, 2008

Up the Garden Path

Yes, I misled you - not everything here is wilting. My brain must have turned to porridge in the heat to have missed these sun-loving plants.


The pink trumpet vine, which will flower now until the end of the year. Their blossoms smell faintly of vanilla.
Campsis radicans, which sends out little suckers and clings to wood and brick. Both plants are very invasive and we have to get the machete out at times...well, at least the secateurs , although we feel as if we're in a jungle when these two are on the move.
These lovely portalacas probably need thinning out. Last year it was one mass of flowers.
Finally, the natural products for pest control have arrived. The supplier had gone on holiday and the distributor was also out of the country. Everything in pots got doused in Neem spray this morning. Let's see if we banish the white fly, mildew and geranium moth.
We've been enjoying a westerly breeze from the Atlantic for the last few days, which has made us a bit more alert, so much so that I noticed an abundance of our black figs. This is the first year that we can count on more than one hand the number produced. I used to treat myself to these in UK when they arrived in their individually-packed paper doilee at vast expense. It's a real buzz now to go and pick my own.

5 comments:

gintoino said...

Isn't it great to have your own fig tree? I love figs so its really great to go and eat them directly from the trees. Also you can use your surplus to make beautiful fig jam. Yummy!

Titania said...

There are always some flowers which love the heat, the tough ones! Oh, yes figs, yummy yummy! The best fresh from the tree. Let us know how the neem oil works, please.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I was wilting yesterday too as it was 33 C with a humidity of 70 %. Well, it did make a change from the monday before when it was raining non-stop (so humidity must have been 100 %) and only 13 C. We've been having weird weather which is quite normal for this neck of the wood. ;-)

Mmmmmmm, figs!

Cheryl said...

I can totally understand the joy of picking your own figs.....one of my favourites and I always treat myself to some in the supermarkets....
It is amazing when you see beautiful flowers in such intense heat.....nature is wonderful....there are plants for every given situation.....

Arija said...

I too put in a fig tree last year and hope for great result...well at least one to try. I love them fresh or dried but not in jam, not even with ginger.
The best spray for powdery mildew, black spot etc, is 1 part milk or whey to 10 parts water before it takes hold & repeated at need.
Happy gardening.