The Allotment Wife


The Beginning of Tulips

Unbelievably, the tulips on the allotment have actually started to sprout. Which makes me feel a bit guilty as last week a work friend said her tulips were sprouting and I said that couldn’t be true and it must be daffodils. More fool me! What do I know? Nothing! So, apologies, N – you were right …

Meanwhile, the daffodils are much taller now and there is another one in bloom, well gosh.

Even the lupin is getting in on the act. Though I must move it to the garden at home sometime soon, as I think it will do a lot better there, and they don’t make great cut flowers anyway.


So, we have a small but perfectly formed harvest (again!) of one beetroot and one daffodil. And they look so cute together too …


Here is the daffodil at home:


Have a lovely Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books


Soggy Allotment!

Goodness me, but the allotment was very soggy today – if we’d thought about it, we’d have taken our Wellingtons, but sadly we didn’t think about it, which meant a good towel dry for our feet and a change of socks when we got home. Plus a hot chocolate to warm us up again – always welcome!

Today there is one daffodil in flower and another one which should be in bloom next week, plus lots of shoots coming up.

The beetroot is still going strong and continues to give us winter veg for our dinners, hurrah:


Last week, as you can see, K nobly cut down all the autumn raspberry canes in preparation for this coming year’s crop. We can only hope they’ll give a better harvest this year …

pruned autumn raspberries

Meanwhile, the moles are having a huge party and the hills are everywhere, LOL. It’s the gift that keeps on giving …

mole hills

So, another minimal harvest this week of two beetroots and that lone daffodil. Still, not bad for mid January, that’s for sure.


And here is the daffodil at home:


Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

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New Year at the Allotment

First visit to the allotment in 2019 today so very exciting! Wasn’t expecting much to have happened in actual fact but we have our first daffodils already! Okay, the ones with actual flowers on aren’t the ones we planted in the autumn (LOL!) but are stray ones we forgot about – but hey I’m not complaining. Daffodils this early in January is a fabulous result!!

Elsewhere not much is going on but the whole year lies ahead …

allotment view

Mind you, the rhubarb has started early, so I hope it’s going to do better than last year – which was a bit of a rhubarb disaster, alas …


So we have a mini-harvest of 3 beetroots and 2 daffodils, but we’re ridiculously proud of it!


Here is the vase at home:


Happy New Year to you all!

Anne Brooke Books