In a Vase on Monday – Mostly Pink

I had just picked a vase of flowers to grace the brunch table and celebrate C’s Dad visiting, when a friend dropped by returning my rose pruning gauntlets and bringing a stem of  Rose ‘Compassion’.

compassion rose

Compassion is sweetly scented but Narcissus ‘Grand Monarch’, flowering so early, is really an amazing scent, even perfuming the air at our outside brunch table.

My sweet little pink chrysanthemums, a cutting from a friend last year, are big bushes now, sprawling into bloom with thousands of small flowers.

compassion rosebud

We are eating the last watermelons from the greenhouse, and the first Winesap and Ladyfingers apples from the trees along the drive. The Feijoas are loaded with huge fruits with a new crop on the ground each morning.

Dahlia ‘Profundo’ is still flowering and is one of my favourites in the garden.

dahlia and rose compassionWe are harvesting Kumara (sweet potato) this weekend and enjoying sweet potato greens stir fried with Chokos (chayote), having pulled down the choko vine which covered the small shed so we can build a generator shed in its place.

Head over to Rambling in the Garden where Cathy has beautiful ‘blue’ tulips this week.

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19 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – Mostly Pink

    1. We normally have a good crop even in dry years, but I think they like rain. It’s not too cold here – we never get snow, and not many frosts. They are bird pollinated, is it possible yours are not getting pollinated? Or maybe just not a good variety? We have a lot of different types which spreads the season out a bit. Some of the seedlings don’t fruit as well as named varieties.

      1. Italy isn’t strong on named varieties! Bird pollination might be the problem. There are sometimes a few fruits but very small so it might just be the usual problem here of being too dry.

  1. Gosh, I had to look up both Feijoas and Chokos as I hadn’t a clue what either of them were. LIke Christina, I expected you to have a more temperate climate – but wetter than the UK! How lovely to have this mix of autumnal and spring blooms, plus all your produce – it keeps you on your toes as a gardener, not knowing what to expect! Thanks for sharing today

    1. I think Feijoas are sometimes called ‘Pineapple Guavas’, and Chokos have a lot of different names. I just looked it up myself and found that although it is a South American plant the name ‘Choko’ is Cantonese, and was probably introduced here by Cantonese market gardeners.

    1. Thanks Cathy 🙂 We have been eating the small ones which don’t keep well, but they are not really at their best until they have had a chance to get sweeter. They need a few weeks sitting in a warm humid place, they are a bit starchy right now – but still good.

  2. I think Feijoas are sometimes called ‘Pineapple Guavas’, and Chokos have a lot of different names. I just looked it up myself and found that although it is a South American plant the name ‘Choko’ is Cantonese, and was probably introduced here by Cantonese market gardeners.

    1. Thank you 🙂 The flowers are very much plonked in the vase – they blend in with the general chaos, but the scent perfumes wherever it goes,

  3. Thanks Eliza, it couldn’t be a more perfect harvest weekend. Although the soil is a bit wet for harvesting kumara it’s a good time to dry them off and cure them.

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