We’ve been watching several of our Languedocienne tomatoes turning red and ripening over the past few days and today we picked the first four. What a treat it was to have a salad for lunch made with tomatoes, basil and garlic from the garden and arbequine olive oil from the Moulin du Mas St Pierre which we bought when we visited in April.
A cicada case and rampant pumpkin plants
When cicadas hatch out they crawl up onto a high plant or branch and emerge from these casings. Lo Jardinièr found one today. By the time he’d fetched the camera the cicada had flown off, but the casing was left. Our pumpkin plants are making a bid to take over the whole garden – compare this with the extent of the plants only eleven days ago! We’ve been watering the garden ever other day (economising a bit on other years when we’ve watered every day, and the plants still seem to be getting enough), and during two days in between waterings earlier this week the plants had completely covered the hosepipe, growing about half a metre. We’re hoping to have some nice big pumpkins in the autumn, and the butternut squash plants seem to have settled in well too.