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Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed everyone's company on the weekend at my garden visit and can't wait to go to Roger's.  Sophie, just wanted to say your sweet potato was delicious!! Very sappy (stained a bread board) and not pretty (went a sort of dull grayish colour) but was really good and tasty.  Smoother than the orange variety. I'm gonna try to grow some from cuttings of the skin but if not, I'd love some leaf cuttings.

Know how I was showing off the black sapote fruit - it dropped (or my dog chewed it) off.

That's okay though.  It seems to have a second flush of flowers!  As I've never grown these before, I'd just assumed it was like most tropical fruit and you only got one flush - does anyone know anything about them?  Looks like I'll have plenty of chances at a first fruit as each branch is literally covered in developing buds

Also, BOTH the persimmons have flowers!! I managed to catch this one with an open flower.  Such an unusual colour.  Don't know if I'll get anything but at least I know I don't have duds.

The first flower on my first ever choko vine!!  Someone on BLF had mentioned that you can eat the tips of the choko vine-> I've tried this and I concur. They are actually delicious.  Almost asparagusy.  I eat them raw as I'm wandering but I might get organised enough to gather some and chuck in a stir fry one day.  Definitely better than eating sweet potato tips - rather gross and slimy.

Had to put in a picture of my Noble muscadine grape flower buds.  I only planted these two last year (my other is adonis) and they grew amazingingly well.  This year every leaf bud has shot and has a flower spray on them.  I may be in for a massive grape harvest this year!! YUM.  These guys are a variety that are naturally resistant to powdery mildew that affects normal table grapes in Brisbane.

My Issai kiwi berry has now decided that it's warm enough to bud burst -> I knew I hadn't killed it :)

And lastly, one of the reasons I grow zucchini is that I absolutely adore stuffed zucchini flowers.  Never seemed to get enough with zucchini plants but now that the Trombonccino's are pumping out flowers every day, there are PLENTY! Added advantage, the flowers are bigger and a little sturdier.

Here is the "before" harvest -> four blossoms even though you can really only see one in the picture.

And the "after" shot.  Stuffed with Ricotta and spring onions, battered and deep fried.  The only thing missing was my Chilli lime sauce - need to make some more. 

My gosh, I'm drooling right now just thinking about them.  Is it too decadent that this was my breakfast the other day?

Oh well folks, that's it from me.  Catch ya next time and happy gardening.

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Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on November 2, 2016 at 6:38

I also have a black sapote in and it is covered in flowers/small fruit.  I've never grown one before either so it will be interesting to see how it goes.  Your stuffed zucchini's look soooo good, wish I had somewhere to grow them.

Comment by Susan on November 1, 2016 at 16:58

Thanks Dianne but I think I'm very happy with the Trom's.  They may be the only zucchini I grow in future - hardly any problems and SO prolific. 

Comment by Lissa on October 22, 2016 at 5:15

Don't you just love all those "firsts" :) It's such a thrill when your plants start actual production.

Comment by Rob Collings on October 21, 2016 at 9:13

Hungry for courgettes now.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 21, 2016 at 6:56

The Zucchini Flowers look delicious. I do have seeds of a Zucchini that is only grown for the Flowers (not fruit). They are what they use commercially if you are interested. Isn't it fun to see how a new plant progresses from Planting to Fruit. Thanks for sharing your pics..

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 20, 2016 at 21:56

Oh.. and it's my first year getting grapes as well. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 20, 2016 at 21:56

Those stuffed zucchini flowers look really good!  No wonder you're drooling. 

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