Sunday, 15 September 2013

Time flies when you're having fun... broad beans and verandahs

It's been a busy couple of weeks in the garden,  but my other love (lifedrawing) has re-started locally and my verandah has been taking shape at the house,  so poor "kapundagarden" has had a back-seat for a while.  That happens when life gets busy,  but this time,  the interruptions were all happy ones.

I had been photographing a cabbage that wanted to flower.  I have thought a lot about cabbages and their ability to know how to curl their leaves inwards even as baby plants.  I've also watched them flower.  This is necessary if one wants to collect seeds for the next crop of cabbages,  though I don't do that because the plants of mine that "go to seed" first (those that I watch rather than eat) are not the best "food producers",  being those that are first to flower rather than feed me...  probably not the best candidates for seed production!  The cabbage plants certainly have quite a rigmarole to go through though,  to allow the flower to appear and attract bees,  make seeds and produce babies....  the plants are amazing to watch though....  over the past two weeks,  the cabbage has gradually changed shape...
 .... opened the top part....
 ... and the flower is only now beginning to emerge....  about 2 weeks later....
 interesting to watch and the flowers eventually look jsut like any other brassica flowers...  broccoli, kale, chinese greens, canola.... all with the same yellow perfumed flowers that bees love.


Today I also went looking for beans....  there is already a good sized broad bean....
... it is going to be a really good crop this year.
There are still quite a few other vegetables and I've been planting the "summer" crops (tomatoes, capsicums, annual herbs, onions, more potatoes and an assortment of leafy greens.