The Allotment Wife


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The Autumn Allotment

Well, that’s definitely the end of any hope of lilies, I’m afraid. This morning’s sharp frost finally got them in full and I’ve now cut them down:

Lilies

The sweet williams continue to thrive, however, so should produce a good crop next year. K cut off the tips again as we don’t want them to flower now.

Sweet Williams

In exciting news, the first of our daffodil shoots are coming through so we’re looking forward to more of them making their presence known over the next few weeks and beyond. Not sure what that spare bulb is doing though! Maybe it’s making a bid for freedom, LOL!

Daffodil

There is still plenty of beetroot to harvest so we’ve taken some for lunch today.

Beetroot

In the sunlight, the remains of the autumn raspberry patch look amazing, even though the crop has been terrible this year:

And here are a couple of shots of the allotment in full. Not much around now as you can see, and the Brussel sprouts are proving very disappointing – with no growth and no sprouts at all, so that’s a real disappointment. Perhaps we didn’t put them in early enough or grow them on first properly? Not sure, but I fear I’m going to have to buy sprouts for Christmas again, sob! I LOVE sprouts …

Here is the very minimal harvest of a few straggly chrysanthemums and the ever-reliable beetroot:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

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Soggy Allotment

A very soggy allotment today so the Wellies are definitely on! Still at least we don’t need to water anything … Today’s important job was getting the tulips in, so K took out the gladioli (which we’ll store for next year), and then we planted up that bed with tulips old and new:

We then put netting across and weighed it down with sticks to keep those pesky squirrels off! Odd how the squirrels love the tulip bulbs so much but pay no attention to the daffodil bulbs. Obviously they’re just very picky.

Tulips 3

Meanwhile, the asparagus forest is growing and we really must cut it down soon.

Asparagus forest

The chrysanthemums are struggling and the lilies are really fighting a losing battle now. I’ll give the lilies one more week (tops!) before cutting them down, I think.

And in the soft fruit zone, one of our currant bushes actually has buds, well gosh! Signs of hope for next year then.

Currant buds

All in all, the harvest is very meagre indeed, though K did grab a beetroot as we left the allotment after I’d taken this photo!

Harvest

Here is the very sad vase at home – I threw out the red chrysanthemum as it was crawling with black fly (yuck!) but the yellow flowers seemed unaffected, though rather brown at the edges … Maybe the black fly is as picky as the squirrels, LOL?!

Vase

All best to everyone for Remembrance Weekend.

Anne Brooke Books


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Elstead Allotments: Remembering the Fallen

Elstead lost 38 men from the village in World War 1, and Pauline from the Allotment Association has kindly arranged this wonderful and very moving display of 38 poppies on one of our allotment trees for us to remember them. Thank you, Pauline et al.

Remembrance

38 poppies

One hundred years on, here is what our allotment is like today: the beetroots are doing well and not bothered by any of the frost the week has thrown at them.

Beetroot

However, the Brussels sprouts seem to be stuck in a time warp or something as they’re not getting any bigger and there are certainly no signs of … um … sprouts … Still, there’s time yet, I hope.

Brussels sprouts

There are still some chrysanthemums in bloom:

Chrysanthemums

And even the poor lilies are trying to do something very late in the season!

Lilies

I have decided to take all the dahlias out and replant them back at home as they’re really not very good as cut flowers as they don’t last long – so we’d rather enjoy them in the garden. We’ll have to think of something to replace them with at at some point.

Dahlias

K also harvested the first of the yakons – ie the Peruvian ground apples. We store these for a few weeks in the garage as they get a lot sweeter over time. You can eat them raw or cooked.

Yakon

Here is the harvest of beetroots and chrysanthemums:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(From For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon)


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Extra Daffodils

There is no such thing as too many daffodils. There we were thinking we’d got the daffodils in ready for next spring and then of course we visit a garden centre and the next thing we know we have 30 new bulbs (mixed) to plant, LOL. Here they are just before being planted:

New daffodils

The lilies are still making brave attempts to produce blooms. One of them is in flower but it’s only half a flower (if you see what I mean) so not worth harvesting. Still, with the good weather lined up for the next week, perhaps our luck will be in for next weekend?

Lilies

The chrysanthemums are as reliable as ever:

Chrysanthemums

The beetroot continue to do well, and the Brussels sprouts are looking okay.

While there today, we tided up the autumn raspberries and did a quick hoe round. Here is the harvest of beetroot, a few autumn raspberries and the chrysanthemums:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books


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Chrysanthemum Season

Finally, it’s the start of the chrysanthemums on the allotment. Such a glorious autumn flower.

And one or two of the lilies are actually about to bloom so here’s hoping there’s no frost before next week …

lilies1.jpg

The asters are still blooming and the sweet williams have got some flowers too but we’ve taken them off as we want to save their strength till next year.

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Meanwhile the Brussels sprouts in their two beds are slowly growing so that’s good news:

However, the autumn raspberries haven’t done at all well this year – perhaps because they’re old now and need renewing which is a job to think about at some point, but also due to the early frost in September which destroyed all the fruit they had at that point, though there are some late berries trying their best.

Autumn raspberries

Here is the harvest – which consists of beetroot, some gladioli, asters and the chrysanthemums plus a very small scattering of those poor berries.

harvest.jpg

And here are the vases at home:

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

 


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Preparing for Spring

Lovely weather for the allotment today, which is a total contrast to yesterday’s all-day heavy rain. We wore Wellington boots just in case but it wasn’t too wet in the end. Anyway, we’ve started preparing for spring. K took the rest of the potatoes out, and I planted stored daffodils into that bed. We’ll get some new ones too to fill one of the other beds, but here is the current one – before I actually plant them:

Daffodils

The Brussels sprouts we planted last week are doing well:

Brussels sprouts Old

And K planted another bed of them today, so here are the latest ones:

Brussles sprouts New

Meanwhile the lilies are still hanging on to their buds, but the time for getting any actual flowers is very short now so I suspect we’re out of luck, oh well …

Lilies

The asters, however, are having a wonderful time and of course autumn is really their season!

Here are a couple of pictures of our harvest, which is asters, a sprinkling of gladioli (well, one really …), potatoes, leeks and even a few late autumn raspberries, which we thought we weren’t getting – an added bonus indeed, and I shall add them to the apple crumble for lunch:

And here are the flowers at home:

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books


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Frost Fallout

Earlier this week, we unfortunately had an unexpected frost on Monday and Tuesday, and so sadly the courgettes, dahlias and French climbing beans are no more …

So they have now all become compost, and we have added in a bed for Brussels sprouts instead, Sensibly, K put a net off to keep the butterflies away – there are still some around, in spite of the weather:

Frost survivors are the lilies, the last of the sunflowers and the sweet williams, so that’s good news.

The asters are also doing very well:

Here is the harvest of sunflowers and asters, plus the courgettes we could still salvage, potatoes and beetroot:

And here are the flowers at home:

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books