I've been delighted with my fig this year. I bought it as a tiny twig in the wet summer of 2009, as a reminder of a beautiful vacation in Provence in May of that year. Last year was it's first year to produce any fruit, and of those, only a single fruit made it to the end of the season, and to perfect ripeness. It was an absolute revelation, still warm from the sun, and oozing honey-like juice as it was cut open. This year, the number of fruits has been multiplied to a dozen, but the pattern is the same. Tiny figlets formed around mid-June, swelled very slightly, and then just sat there without much change until the last days of August, when they suddenly started to swell like balloons, and ripened in a couple of days. You can tell by the frequency of my "fig posts", that I will never get over the excitement of growing figs. Having been brought up at the same latitude as Hudson's Bay, they seem like a miracle as far as I'm concerned!
|Tiny figlets, formed in June.|
|These suddenly started to swell up on the weekend, and should be ripe by mid-week.|
I'm also pleased with the Wim's Red hydrangeas I planted earlier in the summer, to replace the unkempt and unpleasing cotoneaster by my front steps. Even though they are only just getting established, they have produced a number of flowers, and these have undergone the transformation from frothy, creamy white, to deepest rosy-pink. They may yet descend into deeper mahogany...only time will tell. I must given them some winter mulch to make sure they make it safely through their first winter.
Here are some photos of what else is going on in the garden....and a few notes to myself on jobs to be done!
|Huge swathes of pink Japanese anemones are filling the front yard right now.....|
|......as well as some more demure and less invasive white ones, which are quite lovely.|
|I was surprised to suddenly see this cardinal flower blooming in the jungle of my front yard....then I remembered it was one of the plants Greg brought from his grandmother's garden for me last summer.|
|You know fall is approaching when the asters are starting to bloom. I do love them.|
|Pink carpet roses gathering the last few rays of the day.|
|Here is a job to tackle before winter. In the spring, I thought I had thinned out these black-eyed Susans, but they are back with a vengeance. I need to reduce them by at least half and make room for some more interesting companions!|
|Have always had issues keeping my window boxes moist enough, but last weekend, I got some new, much larger ones on mega-sale at Plantworld. The increased volume of soil should help! I planted them with some more seasonal specimens.|
|This urn is completely thriving, despite little attention for most of the summer.|
|Arabian Night dahlias.....the photo doesn't quite represent their most striking feature. They are almost black, and very beautiful.|
I'm finishing the weekend with some achingly beautiful Brahms.