As my mum will tell you, if you ask her nicely, i’m the procrastinating queen. If there’s something to be put off that i don’t want to do, i will do *anything* to avoid doing it. even the things i also don’t want to do. it comes in a pecking order: things i don’t want to do less will be done before the things i don’t want to do more. If that makes sense. And heaven help me if there’s something i do want to do vs something i don’t want to do but have to do.. THAT i put off to the last possible minute!! (When i was a teenager, it was usually tidying my bedroom. not much has changed.)

And i’m doing it now.

Not the bedroom part, the procrastinating part.

I bought my patterns yesterday. The shirt pattern has to be ordered, so i’ve to wait for that one to come in – probably next week. The waistcoat pattern, on the other hand, was in stock, and i’ve bought the most gorgeous wine red velvet to make it with (I’m doing the grey pinstriped version). I’ve also bought tissue paper and cheap cotton to make a muslin with: making this is going to involve a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA).

And THAT is what i’m putting off. not even making the waistcoat – doing the FBA.

(which sounds slightly rude and naughty, doesn’t it, eff-bee-aaa…)

Today, so far, i’ve had 4 cups of coffee (two more than my normal), walked Jess (which is normal), sent umpteen emails to Mom (who is desperately trying to work), and harvested the garden (and doing this blog/taking photos). Yeah. thats the procrastinating bit.. getting out into the garden. first time i’ve done that since.. ooooooh.. May? something like that. Actually, my reasons for doing so are good ones, and if i didn’t have the EFF-BEE-AA hanging over me it wouldn’t be procrastination, it’d be A Good Thing, but i read this morning on the Cottage Smallholder‘s blog that her tomatoes got hit by blight. erk. Although she’s nowhere near me it did make me think.. well.. yanno.. there’s not that much of the summer left to come, so the chances of them ripening on the vine is rapidly going down and the chances of something nasty happening to them is rapidly going up so… in they came.

Grabbed the secateurs, a big bowl, and out a-snippin’ I went. (more photos behind the cut)

Harvest

Harvest, top right, clockwise: Garlic, onions, shallots, courgette, red pear tomatoes, tomatillos, in the brown bowl in the middle is a mix of gardener's delight and tigerella tomatoes, in the big plastic box on top left is a mix of larger tomatoes, unknown variety

to my surprise.. for a bunch of tomato/tomatillo plants that have been totally (and i do mean totally, if it had been a hot dry summer they would not have survived as i never watered them) neglected… they’ve actually produced quite a lot of fruits. I’ve a good bunch of tigerella tomatoes (i love the markings), some big ones (not sure what they are), some little ones (gardener’s delight) some pear ones (red pear).. almost all green, but last year i left the tomatoes for ages on a windowsill and most, if not all, ripened. So i’m going to do the same thing this year, and with a bit of luck, we won’t need to buy any tomatoes for a while.

beautiful markings

beautiful markings

mix of tomatoes - some tigerella (at the front), to the rear are other tomatoes, dont know which kind, but theyre not cherry ones

mix of tomatoes - some tigerella (at the front), to the rear are other tomatoes, don't know which kind, but they're not cherry ones

red pear tomatoes

red pear tomatoes

gardeners delight cherry tomatoes

gardener's delight cherry tomatoes

I also got a good haul of tomatillos. This really surprised me, given that they thrive better in hot climes, so they’ve done very well given they were outside in this miserable excuse for a summer we’ve just had. i’m pretty sure they’re not ripe, but given they’re a relative of the tomato, they may well ripen indoors in the same way. worth a go, anyway. and there are some small ones left on the plant, that may well grow a bit bigger.

my tomatillo haul

my tomatillo haul

tomatillo close up - you can see where the outer case has been peeled off

tomatillo close up - you can see where the outer case has been peeled off

Of the four courgette plants that i actually planted out, 2 succumbed to slugs, and 2 were very very slow to get going, but i’ve just harvested my first courgette from one of them. a nice big size, too, its a lovely yellow one. i’ve missed these, this summer, they do brighten up a meal, and the ones from the shops are .. well.. kinda boringly green in food. I’ve yet to decide what to do with this one. And there’s a couple more – hopefully they’ll grow to a decent size before the frosts kill off the plants.

my first courgette of the year

my first courgette of the year

I’ve also harvested shallots – actually i pulled them out ages ago and left them in the middle of an empty bed to dry in the sun. And then it rained. so i left them there. in fact, i left them there so long about half of them had re-rooted. so i pulled them up again, as they’d dried out (we’ve not had any rain recently). i might keep them for planting for next year, as they’re not really big enough to eat.

shallots

shallots

Onions – i had a very meagre haul of onions. Mostly my fault: the onion beds quickly got overwhelmed with weeds and they’ve struggled to grow as a result. I got 5 very little ones, only slightly larger than the full size shallots you see in the shops. I’m not sure i’ll bother with onions next year, unless i have a huge garden or an allotment. they’re so cheap to buy, and i only grew them cos Monty said on GW last autumn that the onion harvest last year had failed so onions over the following season would be more expensive. To be honest, i haven’t noticed a price rise, but that’s probably more to do with the fact that everything else has shot up as well.

some rather muddy onions

some rather muddy onions

Garlic – now this stuff has grown well! I loved the scapes, and although the individual cloves aren’t very big on the bulbs (which makes peeling them a pain), i have got quite a lot of garlic for my pains, especially given that these, like everything else, got neglected. Its not really recommended to regrow garlic from the previous year’s bulbs as they’re susceptible to disease, but i’ll certainly be ordering some more if we get a garden whereever it is we end up going, as its well worth growing. Very easy!

[and i’m being careful to weed out all the beasties that might have come in after reading Pumpkin Soup’s description of opening the fridge door to find a slug waving at her…]

I’ve also included some shots of a couple of plants i bought from Lidl the other week. I actually saw these at Michiel’s Mom’s house and admired them, they’re beautiful plants, hers are in pink, and when i saw them in Lidl i had to have them. £2.99 a plant, and they reflower a lot, so good value for money in terms of brightening the house up. For a long time i didn’t know what they were – the label didn’t have any info on – so i had to wait for the fountain-of-knowledge (aka Mum) to come back from holiday – and she just managed to name it for me today. Anthurium Andraeanum is its proper name, or flamingo lily/flower, and the bracts apparently can go different colours (not on the same plant though) – red, white, pink, green. Beautiful things, they do very well as houseplants, and like to be kept moist. apparently they can be propagated by dividing the rootball, so i may try that at some point.

both my Anthurium plants

both my Anthurium plants

whole Anthurium plant

whole Anthurium plant - the flower isn't the red part, that's the bract. the actual flower is the creamy yellow spike coming from the red part.

and now, since this blog is done, i suppose i can’t really procrastinate any more. Oh! I know! I can! I haven’t had lunch yet… 😀

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