I arrived back from another week away in Wales during the early hours of Saturday, so to cheer myself up I popped up the allotment in the afternoon to check on everything and to have a good catch up with my Dad over a cup of tea. It seems the mini heatwave and odd rain showers did the garden some good as everything seems to be looking healthy and green!
The borlotto beans that I sowed at the end of July have reached above and beyond the bamboo support canes, they are flowering and have produced lots of tiny pods already… Some are even 3 to 4 inches long! Looks like I’ll be getting a little harvest from these which is great for such a late sowing. Good job too as I’m running low on my dried borlotto bean supply from 2 years ago!
Another surprise waiting for me was the lone sunflower survivor, it’s beautiful yellow petals are starting to open and I couldn’t be happier. I had planted 4 sunflowers along the back of my wildlife area and only one survived, unfortunately I had dissappeared off to Wales a month or so ago and not supported them properly so they had snapped… The variety is ‘Mongolian Giant’ and this one is around 7 foot tall, I’ll have to remember to save some seed from it and be more careful next year!