Iznik is a miniature variety, described on the seed packet as "...quite happy in a 7" - 9" pot and equally happy in a porch or conservatory". Well, it's out of luck there then, since I have neither porch nor conservatory, but at least I have given it plenty of room in that massive tub. And the height of the tub edge above the soil surface provides a bit of protection from the incessant wind. Some fruits are already forming on the bigger plant, despite the rather sickly appearance of its leaves.
The cucumbers are going to be short squat ones about the size of a fat banana I think.
The first cucumber to form is very low down on the plant so I have protected it from the damp soil with a piece of broken terracotta pot, which will hopefully prevent it rotting. I wish it was a bit greener...
Meanwhile, in another massive tub languishes the "Autumn Crown" squash and its recently-added companion, a "Patty Pan" squash.
The Autumn Crown is the sole survivor of the stingy 6 seeds in the packet I bought. "F1 seed is very expensive and should be handled carefully", moans the seed supplier. At least it is now producing some flower buds, though the plant itself looks far from healthy.
I was inspecting the plant closely, and I saw on it this tiny Ladybird, mostly black, with a few red spots.
Since we're now talking about Ladybirds, what about this very attractively-attired one, perched on a bean-pole:
Again, it was very tiny, so I've done a zoomed-in photo to show it off more clearly.
Finally, here's one of the "Butterbush" squashes. Correction: two of the Butterbush squashes. I knew that this was supposed to be a compact variety, but I hadn't expected it to be that compact!
The one I planted out on Saturday day is furthest from the camera. At least it looks a tad greener than the one that has been so-called "growing" for the past N weeks...
How are your cucumbers / squashes doing??
On a more positive note, I see that the Purple-podded Desiree peas are now beginning to form pods - and (Surprise! Surprise!) they are purple...
How can something that beautiful be edible as well??