It was good weather…

all last week so I made the most of it plotting every morning.

Unfortunately blight struck the tomato plants last weekend so I removed all the fruit that still looked okay then cleared the plants.  I’ve got the fruit at home in various stages of ripening, mostly the yellow Golden Sunrise,  which will be more than enough for at least the next few weeks.   The runner beans did poorly this year but thankfully both the climbing and dwarf French beans did  much better. However they’ve now all finished so I harvested all the remaining pods, cleared the plants and took down the canes during the week. I’ve started roughly forking over the ground where I grew the potatoes and , not surprisingly, I’m finding a fair few I missed the first time round.


A few weeks ago the mound of nasturtiums looked like they were beginning to finish as the flowers were dying and the leaves looking very pale.

However some rain the week before last and cooler temperatures revived it and it’s looking good again with plenty of colourful flowers.



The sunflowers are still the most noticeable flowers at present thanks to the numerous flowers on the tallest one.

Next week looks set to continue dry and mostly sunny, with the temperature reaching 30 C/86 F tomorrow then gradually dropping to the low 20’s C/low 70’s F towards the end of the week.

Take care, and have a good week!

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24 Responses to It was good weather…

  1. Oh what a blow about the tomatoes. I really feel for you. All that work – then it stops. The tomatoes in my greenhouse only really started to ripen last week. A few had blossom end rot but otherwise all is ok so far and no sign of blight. I have one outdoor tomato plant – beside my front door. It has just three tomatoes on it and all are still green. It’s a slow year.
    How wonderful that your nasturtiums are reviving. I sowed nasturtiums but I don’t know what happened to them but they never appeared. I like nasturtiums. I even like them when ravaged by cabbage whites and their leaves are like the spokes of old umbrellas. I will try again next year!

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy it is but thankfully I’ve not lost too many fruits. Finger crossed that yours will ripen, and you don’t get blight. So it appears.
      It sure is. That’s a shame, they can be a bit hit or miss. Me too. Good for you, on both counts. xx

  2. Liz says:

    I love those nasturtiums! My tomato crop this year has been disappointing. I tried a variety that was new to me, it is black, and turns out to be striking to look at but tasteless! So next year it will be back to good old red cherry and the yellow Sungold.

  3. Doris Potter says:

    Lovely post and photos!

  4. Andy Randall says:

    Tomato blight, aaaargh, horrid. So far my Golden Sunrise are doing ok and ripening up nicely now.
    I will be keeping a close look out for the dreaded blight. I have lots of bush plum tomatoes but they are very slow to ripen. I have decided today to pick them all to ripen inside. I have mixed feelings about this time of year, on the one hand it all seems rather sad to be dismantling things bringing the season to a close. On the other hand it’s really quite exciting thinking about pastures new next year. Have a good week in the lovely warm (hot) days ahead this week. Back to lots of watering! X

    • Flighty says:

      Andy it sure is. That’s good, I hope you enjoy them.
      If it stays dry you should be okay. Good idea, I think I’d do the same. I’m just the same, both about this time of year and thinking about next year. Thankfully I don’t have much to water now. xx

  5. Jo says:

    It’s coming up to another busy time of year when things need clearing and tidying up before the bad weather comes. The nasturtiums have certainly rallied with the rain, they’re looking good, as are your sunflowers.

  6. Yes, inflicted by blight here too unfortunately…

  7. CJ says:

    Beautiful nasturtiums, and the sunflowers are looking good too. Shame about the tomatoes. Ferline is a good one for blight resistance if it keeps happening. And I usually find I get quite a bit of fruit from Sungold before blight strikes. Lots of green fruit here, but not much ripening. I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ thanks, I’m glad you like them. It is, but so far the ones ripening at home have been okay. I do with Golden Sunrise. Hopefully some sunshine will help ripen them. You too. xx

  8. menhir1 says:

    Sorry to hear about the veggie issues. A lot of blight of all kinds is around this year. The stock answer is, it’s 2020! While the year cannot be denied, there are other things at play too. Spring was not as kind as it could have been, with late frosts and gales that burnt leaves and buds.

    Your flowers keep giving, which is so pleasant. xxx

  9. Jade says:

    Same here but with my sweet potatoes. It makes me think if I should grow them in a pot. Won’t miss a single sweet potatoes.
    The nasturtiums and sunflowers are such beautiful flowers.

  10. snowbird says:

    Good to know you rescued all the tomatoes, they should all ripen. My nasturtiums have a second wind too, yours and those sunflowers are just

  11. I always miss a few potatoes too and they seem fine after waiting in the soil a while. Enjoy the sun 🌼xx

  12. Shame about the blight. It’s hit a couple of my plants last week, so they are gone and I’ve stripped the leaves of all the others hoping to get a few other tomatoes to turn before they are all culled. Sometimes that seems to work. Great second coming from your nasturtiums. Enjoy.

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