Ladybird court: singing, dancing and aphid feasting

By on May 11, 2017 in Autumn, Blog Posts |

I confess, my desire to protect the ladybird came less from utility and more from simple joy. I have been a devoted ladybird lover since childhood. Instead of tugging out the offending shoot I found myself reliving my first ladybird memory.

How to make peace with autumn

By on May 8, 2017 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Harvest, Harvesting, Summer | 1 comment

For the last few weeks I’ve been alternately avoiding the garden and clearing out the last of the summer crops.

The sadness of green tomatoes

By on Apr 4, 2017 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Harvest, Harvesting | 0 comments

The green, overlaid with the silvery colour is elegant, sophisticated. It reminds me of the colour schemes favoured by ‘grown up’ interior decorators. I imagine aging socialites oohing and aahing over the same colour, presented as “this season’s” palette. These silvery-grey shadows sneak up the stems and tiptoe onto the leaves of my tomato plants. Having decimated the cucumbers and melons months ago the mildew has set its sights on the tomatoes. If I don’t act soon the green tomatoes will be ruined. Still I procrastinate. I dither. I look at them from the corner of my eye. I admire the colour and don’t look too closely at the impact on the last of the green tomatoes. Green tomatoes make me sad.  Actually its not all green tomatoes. How could a tomato, green or otherwise,  make anyone sad after all? It’s these specific ones. The last ones...

A gift from the garden

By on Mar 30, 2017 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Harvest, Harvesting | 6 comments

The tomatoes, have mostly moved beyond ripe. They hang, insect stung and half rotten, half dried on the vines. A few runty green fruit droop at the centre of the plants. Some of the leaves have completely dried and hover in amongst their wilted brethren like dusty, netting underskirts.