Well, what a fabulous summer that was. The garden has had a distinctly mediterranean feel with plants that like hot, sunny climates doing especially well.
We have lots of figs (above). This is Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’, a birthday present this year and still in its pot to restrict the roots and improve yields. Not ripe yet but I live in hope.
These grapes are growing along a west facing fence. The vine was already here when we moved in so the cultivar is unknown. The grapes have to be fully ripe to be eaten otherwise they’re a bit tart. And there are always complaints from my daughters about the large seeds, unlike the seedless grapes they’re used to from the supermarket.
We also have olives. I was very excited about these until I realised they’re not ripe and we’ll need to cure them if we harvest them like this. Which sounds like a lot of effort for a small number of olives, so maybe we’ll just continue to admire them on the plant.
And, unlike the olives, the chillies are ripening nicely. This is ‘Etna’ so I have high expectations for its heat levels. I’ve also grown some milder chillies more suitable for childrens’ palates – ‘Peppino’ (available from Seeds of Italy) is particularly mild.