So I was away overseas for 3 weeks, in the middle of what I'm told was a weird summer that featured both a heatwave and a hailstorm. My housemate watered and tended my garden a little in that time, but not enough to stop it from getting a bit out of control. But being left more or less on its own leads to a few unusual occurrences that I wouldn't have seen had I been looking after it in that time.
|This bamboo was fairly uniform when I left, but then this single spike shot up dramatically.|
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world.
|This is actually chicory, a somewhat bitter leafy green that I use to make Greek horta. Having constantly picked at its leaves, I'd never witnessed its beautiful blue flowers.|
|This is a chrysanthemum, but a variety that I have been growing for its leaves,|
rather than its flowers. The leaves are common in Chinese cuisine, known as tong ho.
|It may look impressive, but size is not everything. |
This sort of thing needs to be harvested
when about half this size, as the flavour suffers
with increased growth.
|This is actually dill. It likes to be watered regularly for leaf production. |
Without that, this is the result.