|A show of great beauty, the peony Raspberry Sundae gave me a tremendous amount of flowers this year.|
|When I say my garden strawberries are a really small variety: See the difference between mine and a store variety (called Frissonnante, it's a greenhouse variety grown in Quebec that's worth sampling).|
|We made pancakes with them.|
|A spindly plant to the left and a flowering branch to the right. Strange how those somewhat drab pale, green flowers will produce a grape of beautiful, glossy, red jewels.|
|Grape flowers are bizarre and adorable!|
|Green grapes, I was impatient for them to ripen.|
|Left and center, the grapes start to color and at the far right, there's the result of the harvest.|
|Two small jars (250ml-1 cup) of grape jelly and 1 big jar (500ml-2 cups) of rhubarb jam, all this right in the middle of September.|
Of all the fruits I get in spring, two didn't make anything. I have dwarf blueberries and arctic kiwis on the front of my propriety but althought they were heavy with flowers, they didn't bear anything. I'll speak more about this in the "surprises" section of this article.
Beans had some difficulties, but are not a total loss, either. The first variety I'm talking about is called Nebraska Beauty, it looks a lot like Jacob's Cattle, but is a climber instead of a bush and is ready to harvest later. It was a good success, let's say it. The next variety, Mandan Black (the tiny completely black bean on the top of the bean pile on the picture below) didn't produce a lot of beans but still did better than the black variety I had from last year called Hopi Black. My Scarlet Runner have produced amazingly, as always, but the Painted Lady didn't. Finally, the two white varieties that can be seen on the picture below are called Early Mohawk (cream and mauve, it did well) and Jumbo Roma (cream and coffee stripes, it didn't do well but had potential) - that last variety succombed to an illness where the pod became twisted and broken and thus the beans themselves suffered.
To continue the discussion about my blueberries and kiwis who would flower but not fruit, I have a theory about the cause that cristallyzed itself this spring (althought the phenomenon has been ongoing for a couple of years, now).
|Newcomer this year, a small gray treefrog!|
|Neither rain, wind... nor apparently cherry petals will prevent her from sleeping on that sofa!|