The sunflower patch…

is doing almost too well as some of the knee-high flowers Musicbox are hidden from view under the leaves of the taller varieties.

Here’s one of the pale yellow flowers (variety unknown), along with another of the dark Autumn Time.

It looks like I’ll be picking the first dwarf French beans Borlotto during the week, but I’ll have to wait a bit longer for the runner beans.


The first cucumber is forming on the Bedfordshire Prize plant.





There was plenty of rain during Friday and yesterday but there are cracks in the ground that I can push a hand fork in up to the handle.


It looks like being another dry and warm week ahead, with temperatures over 30 C/86 F for several days.


Have a good week!

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21 Responses to The sunflower patch…

  1. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. My plot is a disaster area – weeds everywhere and all my chard has bolted. Was just thinking I would give it up when I dug up some potatoes and thought wowee look at these nuggets of pure gold. And then took home some beetroot which was so sweet and tasty so shall battle on – but oh dear oh dear those weeds are so exhausting and depressing.

    • Flighty says:

      Julie I sympathise as we all battle with weeds, especially at this time of year. I hope that it’ll get easier for you and that you’ll think it worthwhile rather than give up.
      Happy plotting. xx

      • Oh I won’t give up – I have super potatoes and beetroot which makes it worthwhile and I will aim to close plant the plot so that the weeds have nowhere to get a purchase like in my own garden. I must hatch a plan!

  2. menhir1 says:

    Yummy cucumber. The colours in the darker Sunflower are evocative of a Van Gogh colouration. The veggies look good. Xxx

  3. Jo says:

    Your sunflower patch is a delight, they’re such lovely flowers. Yes, another warm week ahead I believe, and not much rain around either.

  4. Jade says:

    Looks like they have got lots of love from the gardener you!
    That pale yellow one looks quite pretty while Autumn Time looks rather sad to me.
    The french beans and cucumber are looking really good and healthy. Congrats!
    Thanks and same to you!

  5. Doris Potter says:

    Beautiful flowers Flighty! My goodness, you are having similar weather to us here in Montreal. Keep cool!

  6. CJ says:

    It’s all looking wonderful. The borlotto beans look especially good, do they have some russet colour to them? I can see the sweetcorn looking very healthy behind the sunflowers. The cucumber is doing well too. Hope you have a good week with lots of plotting. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ thanks. As they grow they’ll turn pink and red. The sweetcorn is amazing, with cobs forming nicely. It sure is. Thanks, if it’s as warm as forecast I’ll be mostly pottering. xx

  7. Liz says:

    Look at that sunflower patch! I’m not familiar with borlotto beans. Do you top and tail them before cooking or are they shelled? We had torrential rain in Kentucky yesterday after a week of near 100F, so I feel for your hot days.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I’m well pleased with it. They’re top and tailed now, but later on they’ll be shelled. I really don’t want either here as neither will be good for me or the plot. xx

  8. snowbird says:

    I do love the orange sunflower, I have an urge to paint it! Good to see your beans and that cucumber…..goodness, I can’t imagine cracks in the ground, our sandy soil is the complete opposite, water drains through it so

  9. Love those little cosmos seedlings in the cracked earth, they are troopers! Thunderstorms tonight perhaps?

  10. nikkipolani says:

    I’ve hearing about the heat wave over your way. Maybe the sunflowers will like it — they’re looking very healthy.

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