Never say allotment life is dull! I managed to rescue a female grass snake who was totally tangled up in some fruit netting on the allotments today. Luckily, I LOVE snakes and this was one absolutely beautiful. It took me about 5 mins or so to cut her free and then, after K had taken a quick snap, I let her go in the hedge. She slithered away quite happily. Just call me the Allotment Snake Whisperer, LOL!
In more normal allotment news, everything is growing fairly well, probably due to the whole week of rain that we’ve just had. However, some wicked creature has eaten all my lovely coreopsis, sob! I suspect a rabbit or a pheasant, but either way I’m not impressed …
However, the carnations have survived the onslaught, as have the cosmos and the verbascum.
There are more lilies in bloom this week, and the sunflowers have grown taller, hurrah!
The autumn raspberry area has now grown so thick that I can’t get in to weed any more. I just have to rely on spotting any tall weeds and pulling them out if I can reach them.
The lettuces are doing well and the mangetouts have exploded!
This week, we planted cabbages – which we’ve never grown before so this will be a voyage of discovery for us. We netted them which should keep off the butterflies and pigeons, we hope …
We’ve also planted out two courgettes – a green one and a round yellow one (which is already in flower!):
We brought leeks to plant but there is no room! So we have planted them under the climbing beans for the time being – though I suspect it will be too shady later on for them, so we may have to rethink it.
Here is the harvest of mangetouts, verbascum, lilies and carnations:
And here are the vases at home:
Have a lovely Sunday, and watch out for snakes, LOL!