This is the time of year when any of the curcurbit family are just loving life and putting on tremendous growth every day. I think the leaves of all these family relatives are beautiful. This one above is a Defender Courgette
, I love ths silver mottling on the leaves.
This one is a Queensland Blue
squash, trailing about a foot a day across my patch, lovely rounded leaves with a blueish green colour.
This vibrant green leaf is from one of my Scallop
The cucumber vines
are in the greenhouse, but you can see from the sandy patches beginning to appear that I have an infestation of red spider mite
in there. Trying to deal with it without using sprays but it is getting worse and worse.
Speaking of family, Chicken Balti and Chicken Bhuna
have come to stay again for a few days. They had a little explore on to the patio today, pecking up pieces of grit and searching for creepy crawlies.
These are hybrid hens, Bovans Goldline
, which are remarkably calm and placid. Happy to be picked up and cuddled (so long as the big yellow barking furry monster is locked indoors!).