The ceaseless string of rainy days has meant that the soil has become waterlogged and is pooling in parts of the yard. The chickens are enjoying the high life as they now have a small private lake in part of their run. Too bad they aren't all that partial to being out in the rain or boating in lakes.
The wet weather has also meant that planting and seed sowing have been put on hold for a few weeks now and I've been reduced to relying on what crops are already in. Fortunately I've been slowly converting us to more tropical varieties of the usual fruit and veg that aren't so put out by having a prolonged foot soak.
A few months back I was trawling through my seed box looking for seeds to sow and came across some winged bean seeds that I'd got from a garden visit/seed swap day a couple of years ago. Taking my chances, I decided to plant two of the old seeds in the hope that I'd get something out of it. It took a fortnight or so but the seeds eventually turned into seedlings and slowly but surely the vines grew up the string on the fence. They've loved the recent rainfall and are now long enough to grow along the fence and have started to produce masses of soft blue flowers and pretty little corrugated seed pods. They'll soon be big enough to eat - fingers crossed they're tasty! I've also read that all parts of the plant are edible, including the root. I think I'll start with the beans and then see how we go from there.
It seems to be the year for vines - or perhaps I've had a thing for vertical gardening recently. The choko barely survived the long dry spell but is now enjoying the prolonged precipitation and clawing its way up the fence. I'm not sure it'll have the time to mature and reach its purportedly prolific production before the cooler weather knocks it back. I suppose time will tell. Until then it's helping to cover the fence and provide a little more greenery. Not that that's in short supply considering the currently 5 foot lawn (read marsh).
The loofah (luffa) has taken off again. I didn't even have to plant it - it simply grew from some seeds left over in the soil. I've been giving away some of the dried sponges so I let them grow this year to replenish my supply. This one is a beautiful long and cylindrical specimen.
The pineapple is growing well. For some reason only one of the plants from the twin top has flowered. It's not too much of a problem; however, because I'm not sure we could get through two pineapples simultaneously. Hopefully the excessive rain hasn't washed out the flavour. In the meantime, the tubular purple flowers are quite lovely and provides me a foreground distraction from the disappointment of my dragonfruit that remains devoid of fruit while my parents send me photos of their dinner-plate sized flowers on their's. Not that I can complain really as I've been rather neglectful of the prickly specimen which is shoved up the back of the block. Overall, despite my absence the garden seems to be quite happily developing and producing on its own. I guess I shouldn't be so concerned about having to wing it in the future.