This is proving to be a very strange year in the garden. Everything seems a little muddled up. I’ve been waiting for my sunflowers to bloom up at the allotment for what seems like months now, but this week, finally, one has.
Given what a gloomy week this is proving to be weather-wise, a welcome occurence. Arguably this is brightening up my garden too and I should be happy:
But ordinarily it would be at least another month before my Vitis vinifera purpurea started to wear its Autumn colour. I even found a red leaf lurking in my acer today.
At the other end of the scale, I’ve suddenly got yet another foxglove. Blooming in August.
Some surprises are definitely welcome. I’ve been on tomato watch for weeks now, so I was overjoyed to see that finally some of the larger tomatoes are starting to ripen – this is Marmande, not as far along as Sara’s, though in fairness hers are growing in her greenhouse, and after reading b-a-g’s post I am thinking about popping the partially ripened toms off the vine and finishing them indoors. Just in case.
I do finally have some chillies, though not nearly as many as I would have hoped. I didn’t sow them until March 1st, so between that and the cooler, overcast weather I think my dreams of being self sufficient in chillies is just that, a dream. I love the purple colour of Numex Twilight, but I think it will be Thai Dragon I pick first:
I just hope they aren’t as disappointingly bland as last year’s crop. I think that’s why I am putting off picking any…
Most of my dahlias are being rather tardy this year too. I have several in pots that are happily flowering away, and have been since late July, but this is supposedly Hillcrest Royal. I have my doubts, as it is meant to be a deep cerise pink. Personally, I’d call that red. Scarlet, even. ‘Rip City’ is happily doing its thing in the borders, but even (I’ll be optimistic) Hillcrest Royal only has a few buds just breaking, and the other two in the ground are still furled tight.
My garden is confused. I am confused. Am I alone, or are other people experiencing strange anomalies?