I do like this time of year. It's lovely to go out to the garden and feel a sense of pride as you look over your fruit and vegetables. All those days digging and planting in the rain, lugging the watering can back and forth and nurturing are now visibly worth it. I cannot wait for my quinces to be ready; it's the first year the tree has fruited and it's absolutely covered in furry little quinces. I am still devastated about my golden gage tree which snapped in the wind earlier this year but I do have the excitement of planting a new tree to look forward to.The two apples trees (a cooker and an eater) are looking healthy. The cooker is an unknown variety which doesn't fruit much (I counted seven apples this year) but the eater, Lord Lambourne, was only planted last year and already has five juicy looking apples on it. I'm waiting for them to ripen a bit more. The rhubarb is still present and going strong as are all my herbs.
I am pretty impressed with my crop of tomatoes this year. I have to admit that I've been slightly neglectful and haven't pinched out the side shoots as much as I should have so I've ended up with a canopy. However there are plenty of fruits to be picked and they are all sorts of shapes and sizes; huge wrinkled ones, little round ones and ones that look like fat chillies. They are all the same variety so I was surprised at the variety of shape and size but I think it's quite charming.
These photos were taken about a week ago; all of my tomatoes are still green. I am going to wait as long as I can for them to go red; although I think I'm clutching at straws a bit. If I have no luck then I'll pick them and ripen them on the windowsill (hopefully) and if not, green tomato chutney all round!Disclaimer: there is an incentive to post about the Heinz GYO project as I will receive a hamper if I post three times this year.