Now the strawberries have more or less come to an end and I’ve pulled much of the chard up, I had been wondering if there would be a lull in garden production. Then I noticed the first cucumber of this summer.
I wasn’t sure if I should try to pollinate it myself, having learned that this might make it bitter. But I did get the mini paintbrush out, anyway. And I might eat it by myself, so as not to put my daughter off…. She loves cucumber but last year wasn’t too chuffed about my offerings.
I’m also pleased that the apples are doing well this year. There appear to be about eleven fruit on the tree, which will be the biggest crop I’ve had so far. And it looks like they will be a reasonable size, as long as they aren’t affected by cedar apple rust, which is on the leaves to a small extent.
I couldn’t get a decent photo of the carrot flower but here are some of the self-seeded marigolds, rubbing shoulders with the poppies, which are still going strong. I’d like some day to do something with the petals but for the time being I will just enjoy their happy smiles.