Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
I’ve stupidly been ignoring the greenhouse for the past couple of months. I just presumed cooler temperatures meant the season was over. So when I went to have a look this morning to plan what to plant for this year, I was surprised to see this:
The cherry tomato plant is alive and well and still producing. And they still taste good too. So I pulled up my sleeves and decided to do some test-planting now to see what I can get away with in this weather.
This year I’m going to take the greenhouse much more seriously than I did last year. In 2015 I did mostly herbs, lettuces, cherry tomatoes and my test vegetable was okra, which it turns out does incredibly well in this part of France. Now I have more or less an idea of what works well here (not least of which because I put a ladder against the wall to spy on the kitchen garden of the property next door.) Their beefsteak tomato plants looked like something out of a gardening book. Just amazing.
In other parts of the garden, the camellias continue their show:
The red and white Mazamet Japonica varieties still haven’t begun to open- but all of them are covered in buds which means we’ve got something to look forward to.
The tiny Kramer’s Rote heather plants all look happy. Some have even decided to flower. The colour is a bit brighter than I had expected, but I think it’ll work.