One of the things I loved most about England in the summer time were the hanging baskets.
I used to have them at the front and back of the house, and if you went to a country pub you were always guaranteed to see them hanging in a row all along the outside.
I mentioned to husband it would be nice to have some here and I explained exactly what they were. Always keen to please he sorted them out whilst I was cooking lunch, and proudly yelled at me to go and see them in the garden.
Not exactly what I was thinking of. The garden is now littered with halves of plastic Gatorade and Coca Cola bottles nailed into every available tree. Instead of overflowing with bizzy lizzy, pansies and fuschia, each one has a tomato plant in it. The other tomatoes are growing like topsy and we are currently picking a few pounds each day. No idea what I will do with them all and now I am going to have even more. I have handed them out to all of the neighbours, although one lady came around a couple of days ago and I told her to go and help herself. She advised me she couldn't as she was menstruating. I was most confused and asked if that made her allergic to tomatoes maybe? She replied that not at all but if she touched the tomato plant whilst in her current condition it would wither and die. She was surprised I did not know that.
Unfortunately for me, the Dominicans seem to be winning the garden wars, and Hector’s corn is double the height of mine. I also have a sneaking suspicion that there is sabotage going on. Just look at the Dominican pumpkin here.
And remember my lovely American butternut squash.
Now look at it.
From big and healthy with loads of flowers, to a heap of shriveled stalks .I have no idea what happened, or why, so I have planted some more which I will guard day and night. Maybe the neighbour who wouldn't pick the tomatoes touched it by accident?