As I was filling the waters yesterday I was studying my maturing Pig Pastures. I found to my delight that the peas (Austrian Winter Peas, if I  remember rightly) are growing up straight up the stalks of the sunflowers. I was pretty excited about this as this had been The Plan! it is not too often that things go according to plan.

Soon I will have to put the pigs in here but I actually wish I could let these fields grow all summer just to see what happens.


Of course that would defeat the purpose!tima6tima5

Tane is a good sharer. He will share his puddle with anyone as long as they leave room for him.


We will see whether it rains today. If it does we will pot up some more of the hedge apple trees and hydrangea cuttings and willow cuttings then sow some more seeds for late summer. All this work can be done in the glasshouse. But I don’t see any rain imminent so hopefully we get time to plant the leeks first.  They are way overdue getting into the garden!

I hope you have a lovely day.


WEATHER: The sky is thundering as I write this morning. Boo is already in his hiding place! TonTon is nowhere to be found.

Tuesday 50% Precip. / 0.15 in
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High 83F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tuesday Night 80% Precip. / 0.21 in
Thunderstorms this evening, then skies turning partly cloudy after midnight. A few storms may be severe. Low 67F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.


42 Comments on “PEA and THE SUNFLOWER STALK

  1. The pig pastures are beautiful! Lovely to see Wai sharing space with Tane as well. They all look very content. (We have not gotten our leeks into the garden yet either. Actually, I only have herbs in pots at this moment. Tomatoes need to go in this week!)

  2. Those pigs! The best pictures of those three solid little tanks doing what makes them happy in their mud puddle!

  3. Your animals and pastures exude happiness. I guess with weather extremes like the ones you have in that corner of the world, you enjoy your peaceful lovely days when they come and learn to appreciate everything else that doesn’t blow you away. The beautiful picture of the sunflower and pea reminds me of a great book. MEADOWLAND:The Private Life of An English Field by John Lewis-Stempel.

  4. That last photo is amazing! Tane is solidly IN the mud, but Wai looks as if he’s floating on the surface like a large bubble. I’m glad to see that at least some of your sunflowers have survived long enough to form flower buds.

  5. It would appear Wai is a more respectful puddle sharer than Tima 😀 hope the piggies don’t pull down all the sunflowers just to get to the peas once they discover them. Laura

  6. I love sunflowers – pre-bloom, full bloom and droopy. They just make me smile. The pea shoots are awesome. Are you still sprouting grains?

  7. Brilliant – I love the idea of the peas growing up sunflowers, though I can imagine them behaving like Kudzu too. Either way, the pigs will deal with them. Tane is such a sweet natured pig!

  8. Jack and the Beanstalk…..that’s what I thought of immediately I read the heading….A Pantomime in USA! I thought the sunflowers were for the piggies….share

    Dpnt those piggies look happy in their wallow….makes one feel really pleased and happy

    Only two more sleeps


  9. Did Tane and Tima ever have babies? I love these two 🙂

  10. The weather has been exceptional, not too hot and not humid at all. We have happily had all the windows open and the A/C off, it is my perfect summer.

  11. This reminded me of the 3 Sisters planting of corn, beans and squash together! Those piggies all look so content and happy in their wallows. So glad Wai has friends now in Tima and Tane! What does he think of Sheila? Probably steers clear of her like everyone else! Ha!

  12. Oh, I just love Tane. He is a special presence with many messages for us. Sharing and leaving a little room for a friend sounds like a great plan!

  13. LOL, sorry (I know it’s not very polite; ) but every time I see a photo with Tima and Tane together I can’t help but think “Fatty and Skinny went to bed…”
    WaiWai is a much better puddle mate; )

  14. One of my gardening goals has been to get blue morning glories to grow up sunflower stalks. I’ve never managed to accomplish that, even though it seems like such a simple thing, it’s been a matter of timing I think. I’m looking forward to seeing how your experiment turns out.

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