I've had fantastic results with my Zinnia 'Giant Dahlis mix' which surprised me as I thought they were only successful in hot summers. But they've been amazing with masses of the most colourful flowers brightening up the garden for months – and they're superb cut flowers too.
I've heard good reports about fruit crops too, sometimes sadly too good, as the trees have split under the weight of their bumper crops. Tomatoes under glass have been excellent too. I've had my best crop ever (sadly not the whoppers pictured here).
I grew my favourite, the cherry sized, extra tasty Gardeners' Delight, but also a new variety called Pannovy, which has cropped very heavily, but doesn't have the flavour I'd expect from home-grown toms, so I won't be growing that variety again.
A QVC customer, Angela from St Agnes in Cornwall, has told me that her 'usual' tomatoes, Losetto, Meskotka and Alicante (fed with Flower Power) have flowered and fruited so heavily that they were breaking under the weight, however they survived and, lucky thing, she was able to pick her first fruit on 15th June.
She also tried a heritage variety, Red Brandywine, which she grew for fun. She sent me this picture of the trusses just ripening and reports that the first tomato she ate weighed 12oz (!) and tasted delicious! She'll be growing this again next year and, looking at this fantastic crop, I think I might give it a try too.