Some people were wondering what exactly a swan plant looks like - well here it is!
This is one of mine and there is another one the same size next to it. They're now covered in small caterpillars. And on that note I was given a great piece of advice from Tess on the lifestyleblock forum. She said that if I remove the flowers they won't form seed pods so all the more energy will go in to making more leaves for the Very Hungry Caterpillars to feast on, so as soon as she told me I zoomed out with my clippers and snipped off all the flowers and most of the pods. I kept a few pods, not least as there were caterpillars all over the huge ones, but also I'm wondering if seeds form inside them?? And if so I assume I could plant them and get more swan plants for next year? Does anyone know - or has done this themselves?
Since I was out anyway, I took some pics of the veggie garden.
It's at that funny stage ~ there is some bare soil where I lifted the garlic from, I just dug it all over, fed it and planted some broad beans today.
Then there are some veggies ready ~ like the courgettes which have gone like triffids, and the sweetcorn.
The things that are almost ready ~ the tomatoes.
And then there's the stuff that's growing beautifully but is nowhere near ready yet, like the aubergines and most of the chillis.