I am amazed at the speed of growth on this Paton Twins Giant Pumpkin
. Just in a few days it has doubled in size. It does look as if my pollination attempts have been successful. The flower is fading and the fruit is swelling. In order to try to get the biggest pumpkin, I am going to cut off all but just one or two fruits on the whole plant.
Elsewhere, the blackberries are starting to ripen. I see a Summer Pudding in my life in the very near future.
Growing in among the pumpkin vines are these Lapwing Sweetcorn
. I have not grown this variety before, but it is another of the supersweet
varieties. What is different about Lapwing is that each stalk appears to have 2 or even 3 cobs! I will be very pleased if they all ripen. Mostly I just get one cob per stalk, but these look good.
The Black Forest Climbing Courgette
is just starting to grow properly. Not the best season at all, the weather has been really bad this season, but a few small courgettes coming along.
The Sungella tomatoes
are by far the most prolific variety this season, they are a stunning gold colour, but the taste is disappointing. When comparing them to a Sungold or a Chocolate Cherry
variety they taste weak and insipid.