A few things have done really well and some just give me a lot of pleasure. Is it alright if I share them with you?
Pumpkins. I haven't grown them before, but my gosh they're going gangbusters. They are taking over our newly finished courtyard. I love watching the boy and girl flowers set, doing a little bit of "assisted parenting" and then seeing which ones take. I think from 3 plants, as it stands today we'll probably end up with about 15 butternuts. Stay tuned in the coming months for LOTS of pumpkin recipes!
Windflowers, only white ones. Gosh I love these plants. I love the leaves, I love the gorgeous fat buds which unfold like silk flowers and the blooms themselves, so papery and generous. I don't deny my girls much but they know these are flowers that are to stay on the plant and not be delivered to me cut, however lovingly.
These plants are the children and grandchildren of plants from my parents, loving transplanted from their Beechworth home and before that from my childhood home in Carnegie. When we leave this house, a lot of them will come with us and go back to retire to my parents current home.
I do like all plants in my garden to serve a purpose. They need to please me with their appearance or their scent, they need to be tasty to eat, or appealing to the native birds.
I've never grown lemongrass before, but it loves our garden. They save you can use the young leaves in teas and stirfries, but our cat Eddie loves chewing on them whenever he's in the yard, so I leave them to him. You can see that the little stalks are forming, although I'm not sure how you harvest, if you have to pull up the whole plant or can separate one stalk.
French tarragon is one of my very favourite herbs (along with dill and basil) and it loves its second home in our courtyard. We're having a picnic with friends tomorrow and chicken sandwiches with dill mayonnaise will be the order of the day.
And to the smelly stuff. All herbs (aside from sage whose smell makes me gag when fresh) are deliciously scented, but some are best for their scent, rather than for their flavour. Lemon verbenda in the foreground you can use again in teas, but I just love rubbing the leaves on my skin, so so fresh and delicious. In the background is pineapple sage, which unlike the aforementioned gagmaking sage, smells just like pineapple and is so delicious, also rubbed madly on one's wrists when walking by.
What's doing well in your yard this year?