I have a fig tree in a pot, given to us for our silver wedding by a much loved and much missed cousin. Every year I worry that the winter will finish it off, but every year it has survived:
It even made it through the snow this year, when we had more snow than I can ever remember in Edinburgh. I think it may be the twiggy things you can see in this picture:
But this summer, what with heatwaves and such, it has not only survived but is producing actual figs:
How exciting is that? I’m not holding out for a fig glut, but you never know.
Meanwhile we had our first ripe tomato for tea last night:
We ate it with some chopped garden cucumbers and a little salt and vinegar, to accompany a Friday night Indian takeaway.
We should really be working our way through the courgette and broad bean glut but last night we were all too tired. Today I’ve just harvested the last of the broad beans from last autumn’s cardboard experiment and will do something improving with them:
Here’s how they looked in the autumn, planted through the smiley cardboard, and in the spring after all that snow:
Hard to believe but the changing seasons and the surprising survivals are what makes it all worth it.