Once again we are a bit behind on posting but we’ve been busy in the nursery getting everything ready for the grand opening on the 2nd July.
Our plants have been working away too and the malabar trellis work is now coming on really nicely with masses of dark purple tendrils and delicate flowers peeping out between the leaves. The lime trees have settled in well and we have now planted up 2 more trellises with table ace winter squash. These fast growing squashes are a great easy care variety and add a sweet flavour and rich texture to curries. We are hoping the young fruit buds that are showing now will be even more visible by the time the show starts but we are confident that they will climb to the top of the trellis work over the next couple of weeks.
The turmeric and ginger have been repotted from their shallow trays into 3L pots now and are looking great today in the summer sunshine. As well as the dried roots these delicate leaves work well in curries and we will be showing on the stand how to use these as a fresh ingredient.
The curry leaf plants have actually been a bit slower than we had hoped and although we sowed 500 seeds last June, only 50 have made it through to sellable plants in time for the show. We’ve already had several enquiries about these rare murraya koengii plants and so we expect these to be in hot demand at Hampton Court. In the meantime our specimen curry leaf plant for the display is looking fantastic in flower at the moment and we’ve potted her up so she will make a great feature with the other potted plants in the decking area.
All the chillies have also beenrepotted into 1L pots and the missile, apache and twilight chillies are now developing nice sets of fruits – just begging for a bit more sunshine to colour them up for the big day!
That’s all for now folks but we’ll post more as we count down the last 12 days to the show!