General garden pictorial update.
I’ve been mentioning the food items coming out the garden recently, but haven’t really done any posts on the general state of things. So this is a post to remedy that. Finnish summers are all about a surplus of daylight and moisture, so things get ridiculously lush in short order. Our current look is somewhere between rampant jungle and cottage garden. I hope to have things leaning more towards the latter by next year 😉
Developing gooseberries! These are red ones, as you see.
My salad cutting garden gone wild. Spinach has already been all harvested, lettuce and cilantro need to be cleared out next. Carrots are still in progress. Lots of nice wild greens in there, too.
More ribes of some sort. I think I was trying to find redcurrants but am not sure these are it… they’re around somewhere.
Inachis Io (European peacock butterfly) caterpillars mowing down some stinging nettles for us. They should begin their metamorphosis at the end of this month.
Developing currants on one of many bushes. I believe these are blackcurrants.
Blue delphiniums and yellow lilies, a classic combo.
A large patch of hollyhocks in the flower bed.
Dianthus and daisies in the flower beds.
We have two young pear trees that have set fruit as well.
We are looking forward to juicing these.
My collection of cucurbits — zucchinis, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelon, various squashes — all in a row. They are all starting to flower abundantly.
A view of the greenhouse from the door. It is halfway engulfed by foliage.
Meanwhile, the grapes in the greenhouse should be ready for harvest by next month.
The grapevine next to the hot tub, very leafy and sporting lots of developing fruit.
Closeup of some developing raspberry fruits.