This is a post left over from when Loose and Leafy was a work of fiction. Later, it evolved into what it is now - a blog about the wild plants of the South Dorset Coast.
To make sense (in so far as there is sense) of these early posts, you may like to take a look at Esther in the Garden.
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It is a mistake, I have discovered, to look after the garden of a murderer.
It’s her own fault. She should have had flowers to attract insects.
Flowers are too gaudy for Esther.
“Green," she said "is cool.”
And by cool, she meant properly 'cool' . . . 'not hot'.
For Esther, most definitely is not trendy.
And it’s the food bit which has gone wrong. The grapes were not pollinated. The olives were not pollinated. You can’t expect olives to do well in Dorset but she might reasonably have expected a few. The apples, of course, did very well. Their blossoms simply suck in bees - grapes and olives are more discreet.
The dearth of tomatoes is another matter and that's what's bothering me most - keeping me awake at night.
Then the flowers fell off.
They kept falling off.
I flicked them, just as she does, every time I passed but I had Ceres to look after - still do - and couldn't be going next door every five minutes to flick her flowers.
Maybe that was it.
Maybe it was erratic watering. It rained; then it didn't. I thought the soil was wet - when it wasn't.
Then, suddenly, late on, they were there. Green tomatoes. They began to ripen; they went orange-ish, then murky orange-ish, then brown, then black - and I've been chopping up her plants ever since and putting them in the dustbin - and worrying what she'll do when she returns.For Tomorrow's Post