Lurking in the greenhouse

I seem to have finally got my gardening mojo back – well almost – thanks to some visits to very inspiring gardens.  I don’t think I am alone in struggling to be interested in the  garden this year especially with the damp and cold summer we have had here in the UK.  Today I decided to get a grip of the garden.  No mean feat considering how much everything, weeds included, has grown with all the rain and also my total lack of engagement (by which I mean work) over recent months.  Having started on the cottage garden border the rain drove me into the greenhouse, which was probably a good thing as this too was overgrown.  It’s only a tiny greenhouse so is quick to adopt jungle like tendencies left to its own devices.

The first job was to tame the Crystal Lemon Cucumber which seems to be making a bid for world domination with five stems covered in flowers cavorting amongst the other plants.  I reduced the plant down to three stems and tied them in to the side of the greenhouse in a bid to regain some control.  Lifting the stems up off the staging I was thrilled to discover two fruits.  I have no idea what they will taste like when they are ripe or indeed how big they are meant to grow or how I know they are ripe but they are very fascinating.

Having reduced the cucumber plant it made it easier to see what the aubergine was up to.  This is a rescued plant from the plant garden centre of which I have had little expectations (a general approach I have to gardening) but I do like the combination of the foliage and purple flowers.  However, lo and behold there are at least two fruits on the plant.  Having been told by commentators on this blog that I won’t get any aubergines this year as it’s too cool I am now hoping that I get at least one of these to ripen fully!

The final unexpected delight amongst the neglected and weedy seed trays was the passion-flower you can see in the top picture.  It really is beautiful and the scent is divine.  I must pot it up and give it a better support but its Ok for now.

I am pleased to report that thanks to the rain the greenhouse has been completely overhauled.  All the seedlings have been potted up and moved on and the tomatoes have been tied in and excess foliage removed.  All in all a good afternoons work and at least a start although there is part of me that thinks the garden seems to do better without me.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m relieved to hear I’m not the only one whose gardening mojo has been absent. The photo of the passion flower is really beautiful. I read this week that they are considered ‘edible flowers’. Any idea how they taste and how one would use them in the kitchen?

  2. I know exactly how you’ve been feeling — I feel really lethargic about gardening while our weather is so hot and humid. Sometimes guilt gets me moving. Now if only I could feel guilty enough to clean out the potting shed. Wish I could smell that beautiful passion flower. P. x

  3. I find the absolutely best way to get your mojo back is to get out there and do it no matter how you feel. It almost always works-it’s getting started that is tough. So glad you got the greenhouse area cleaned and found some surprises. That helps too!

  4. elaine says:

    I am growing the crystal lemon cucumber for the first time – it is very spindley compared to my grafted cucumber (which is producing cukes like nobody’s business) but at last one or two little round fruits are forming – not sure what size I should pick them at – I do hope they taste lemony, but I expect the lemon refers to the colour.

    1. I grew these for many years and found them the perfect size for pick and eat. I often stuffed them with a few prawns and mayo delicious but sorry to say the flavour is…..cucumber!

  5. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – Aren’t passionfruit flowers gorgeous! I bought a big bag of passionfruit from Oratia Farmers Market last week for $10! They are more than twice that if bought in supermarket. Soooo Yummmm!b Aren’t the Games going well!!

  6. What a pretty coloured Passion Flower, so unusual to see pink. Seeing your aubergines reminds me that I should try again next year, I grew some successfully several years ago but have not done so since. Glad you have your mojo back 🙂

  7. I ‘rescued’ 3 aubergine plants from Tesco as my seeds failed to germinate. They are beautiful and we have had one lovely aubergine and one with a bit of a slug hole! 2 I picked were completely hollow with slugs nestling inside but there were 5 forming yesterday when I inspected!
    My cucumber plants (just some normal ones that I grew from some free seed I got from somewhere) is huge but the first few female flowers just dropped off…trying to do some pollinating now but I am still waiting to get anything edible.

  8. Libby says:

    It’s good to get some enthusiasm back 🙂 It’s been a tough year for it though. On the plus side I’ve also had some aubs this year, despite the glumness.

  9. Holleygarden says:

    The passion vine is glorious! It’s hard for me to have gardening mojo in the heat of the summertime. There are just times that a gardener needs to pull back for a bit, then dive back in later. Congrats on the aubergine!

  10. I need a shot of cooler weather to get me going. I was planning on gardening today but woke to 80 degree temps at 6 am with high humidity. Unbearable weather to garden in. I am so excited to see your aubergine and it is a beautiful plant and fruit. What a gorgeous passion flower too.

  11. Christina says:

    As testified by no posts from me for a month, the extremly hot temperatures have taken away any enjoyment in the garden for now. Still harvesting lots though. I love your passion flower, truely beautiful. Christina

  12. b-a-g says:

    On the positive side, it’s been a great year for planting seedlings.

  13. Loving the aubergine Helen. Every year I try them outside with little expectation, and normally end up with a couple of palm sized ones. I hope your one grows bigger in the greenhouse!

  14. (small cog here. That post was fun! But then I didn’t actually get to hear any of the whinges.)

  15. julia fogg says:

    Great post on the one that was was disconnected – good idea – rather Raymond Chandler in concept and the the way it was handled!

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