The Allotment Wife

First Sunflower of the Season

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Hurrah! We have the first allotment sunflower in bloom and I just love the colour.


The gladioli are doing well and don’t seem to be bothered by the dryness and heat.


The lilies are a bit slow, however, though perhaps I’m being too impatient. They’re going to have to get a move on if they’re going to have any blooms this year, though if the heat is going to last till November, which I heard on the news last week(!), then maybe I don’t have to worry …


The French climbing beans continue to give a good and tasty crop. I do love topping and tailing them at home, as the noise of the snap is just perfect – like snapping a nice crisp Kitkat in half, LOL! Hmm, how weird does that sound …

French climbing beans

The autumn raspberries are starting to crop very early now – and yes, they are supposed to be yellow. We’ll leave it before harvesting any though – as the birds never take them as they don’t respond to the colour.

Here is the harvest, which includes a few mangetouts, the French climbing beans, beetroot, courgettes (spaceships!), potatoes, and flowers.


Here are the flowers at home – the gladioli have been a party venue for the allotment ants all summer and today has been particularly bad. I now spray the flowers before we leave the allotment, sort them into the vase outside (to avoid ants in the house), spray them again, leave them a while and only then do I bring them inside. A bit of a palaver, but they’re worth it.


Have a great weekend!

Anne Brooke Books

Author: annebrooke

Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment attempting to grow vegetables. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible. Her websites can be found at:,, and (for fantasy fiction).

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