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Planting Lots of Tulips, because why not?

Hi Lovelies,

IMG_20151019_152549 Well hello, you big beautiful cheap bargain tulip bulbs.

Day 20 has come a little bit early to the blog, for the main reason that I probably won’t have internet access later tonight when I usually do my 2am writing – I know, I know. Anyway, one of the major tasks that I was able to accomplish today was planting out the single tulips. I like to think about tulips as if they were people, they’re all lovely in their own way. Some people might not like certain types of tulips, but that doesn’t mean that other people aren’t totally in love with them. I feel like I’m getting off topic.

Let’s just be real for a second, those hand planters are great if you’re only planting like 10 bulbs. And yeah, you can walk around digging holes – but how many can really fit in there? Like…

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A broken spade and daffodils galore

Have had a painful arm this week (frozen/impacted shoulder), so today was the first chance I’ve had to get to the allotment – thank goodness for anti-inflammatory pills! We wanted to plant our new collection of 100 assorted daffodil bulbs, plus the ones left over from last year, for cut flowers in the spring. K started to dig out the potato bed and then this happened!

Broken spade

Oh dear me. And it was a relatively new spade too! However, at least he still had the fork to use, but honestly those potatoes must be tougher than we thought …

Anyway, we’ve planted all the daffodil bulbs and put netting or branches across them to protect them from the squirrels. Here are therefore some very exciting pictures of bare earth where the daffodils are hiding …

Daffodils 1 Daffodils 2

Not much to look at now, but come next spring they will be a glorious ocean of yellow – we hope. Anyway, I have found a way to do a decent hoe whilst only using one arm, mostly, so have tidied up the allotment as best possible. In the meantime, K rediscovered our Autumn Raspberry – All Gold – which we bought earlier this year and promptly forgot about, so he staked it up so it looks a bit less messy.

Autumn Raspberry All Gold

We believe the main crop of Autumn Raspberries are Autumn Gold, which is why the leaves are slightly different.

The flowers continue to bloom too, which is great. Here are dahlias, cosmos, chrysanthemums and a late sunflower:

Chrysanthemums Cosmos Dahlias Sunflower

And here they are as part of our harvest, which also includes potatoes, one courgette, and Autumn Gold raspberries:

Harvest

Once at home, the flowers look amazing:

Vases

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books


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Beginner’s Guide to a Gorgeous Spring Garden

Hi Lovelies,

tup I’m daydreaming about watching these tulips bloom already. ‘Mount Tacoma’ is definitely one of my absolute favorites. ‘Charming Beauty’ is a new addition that I can’t wait to review! I hope the colors are as dreamy as the pictures!

Well, we made it! Day 15 of Blog-tober! If I had known that 31 days of straight blog posts would be this difficult, I’m not sure I would have taken on the task – but, I’m enjoying it nonetheless. With tons of orders of spring seeds and bulbs landing on my front porch every day, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the easiest ways to add some spring color to your life.

Spring is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Being able to finally thaw out and spend time outside is such a precious gift. However, when this was all new…

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The Allotment Working Party

Today we’ve had the allotment working party, which has been great fun. We spent an hour or so tidying up the allotments and preparing for winter, and then it was time for the barbecue, hurrah! Special thanks to H for arranging it all, and I have to say a huge well done to S who produced the cupcakes, mmmm …. And, not only that, but the sun shone upon us so it’s been a perfect autumn day.

Meanwhile, on our allotment, the late sunflowers which arrived last week are still in bloom:

Sunflower 1 Sunflower 2

And we managed to gather a harvest of potatoes, beetroot, one courgette, more autumn raspberries and a barrel load of flowers, including chrysanthemums, cosmos, dahlias, asters, coreopsis and one lone geum.

Harvest

Here are the flowers at home:

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Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

Anne Brooke Books


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Astilbe mountain and a sneaky tayberry

We decided to move the eight astilbes from the allotment today and plant them up in a suitable corner at home. They’ve not been very good cut flowers but will look lovely in the borders, I think. Always nice to have autumn colour in the garden, though of course they’ve been blooming since summer.

Astilbes

Not so many flowers to collect this week, but K has harvested some more Sarpo potatoes (great for being blight resistant but the taste is rubbish – so good for a general vegetable soup!), and the courgettes are doing well.

Harvest

We also harvested more autumn raspberries to add to tomorrow’s apple crumble and – as you can see above – we discovered a couple of tayberries we forgot we planted! Didn’t think they’d crop this year, but it’s nice to see a flash of red amongst the gold in the soft fruit patch. They’re quite sharp but will be brilliant in pudding.

And also, much to our surprise, a couple of late sunflowers have just bloomed, which is wonderful. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo, but will try to remember next time.

We’ve also taken 100 daffodil bulbs down to the allotment to join the others that are already there from earlier this year, but need to think which beds to put them in. There’s space in the astilbe area now!

Anne Brooke Books