Apart from watering…

the tomatoes regularly they have been sadly neglected as I didn’t tie them in properly nor them pinch out as I should have done.  The result was a waist high jungle of foliage where I couldn’t even see most of the fruit so I’ve spent the past two mornings sorting them out.


Hopefully the exposed fruit will now start to ripen in the sunshine. The ones in the right-hand picture above are Gardener’s Delight, a popular variety that I grow most years.

The sunflowers are still flowering profusely and there’s one plant, a self-seeded one, that is approaching eight feet, which is perhaps the tallest I’ve grown.  These ones are only about three feet with flowers that are just a few inches across.

Whilst lifting potatoes earlier in the week I was joined by a robin which was good to see as it’s been a few months since I last saw one on the plot.  I also caught a brief glimpse of a very light coloured fox on a nearby path which was pleasing.

Have a good weekend!

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22 Responses to Apart from watering…

  1. There are two foxes who inhabit my allotment. They looked very indignant when I invaded their space. When I was sowing seeds, leaving strings and sticks to show where they were turned out to be pointless as they were all torn up and muddled. Reckon the foxes just walked through them and tripped over them and walked off with them.

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy that’s typical as they are curious animals, and youngsters can be a bit boisterous when they play. There have always been resident foxes on my site, but generally don’t cause any problems. xx

  2. Liz says:

    It looks as though you have a lot of the Gardeners Delight tomatoes on that plant. I sowed sunflower seeds earlier this year and forgot I’d done so. Wondered what the giant stems were and then, sunflowers like yours. Unfortunately, high winds recently knocked them over and I hadn’t staked them.

  3. CJ says:

    The tomatoes are looking pretty good, and as you say, now that they’re in the sun they should ripen nicely. My Indigo Roses are doing well, and the Artisan Stripes are coming along too – it’s rare for me to have success with new varieties, so I’m quite pleased. Not sure if they’re good varieties or whether the weather has been more favourable this year. I’ll get some photos on the blog before too long. Hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

  4. Daisy Debs says:

    I think you’ve done really well ..I can never seem to grow good tomatoes outside . I love my wildlife friends too 🙂 …….and to see a fox always makes my day 🙂

  5. How lovely to see a fox! Hopefully this weekend’s sunshine will encourage our tomatoes to ripen too!

  6. menhir1 says:

    It all seems to be doing what it is meant to do, Mr F. I wonder if you may get two crops because of the warmth your plants have been getting. xxx

  7. Must do the same to my toms. Looks like you’ve got a fine crop there and plenty of time to ripen them still.

  8. Jo says:

    You’ve given your tomatoes the attention they need just in time for this lovely bank holiday sunshine to ripen them. I’m afraid to say that my tomatoes have been neglected this year, I’ve just had other things taking my attention, but I’m still managing to harvest enough for my needs.

  9. snowbird says:

    Love the cheery sunflowers. Here’s to your tomatoes ripening, mine need to also. How lovely that you spotted a fox and have your robin back. xxx

  10. nikkipolani says:

    Yes, here’s to those tomatoes doing well now they’re sorted!

  11. Jade says:

    Even without much care, your tomato plants are very productive it seems.
    So lucky of you to be able see the robin and the fox.

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