The Allotment Wife


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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 …

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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.

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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


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Sunflower City

Good news this week, as we passed the allotment inspection (phew!). Back on the plot, there was I, thinking there weren’t many more sunflowers to come, and yet here they are out in force, hurrah!

The alstroemerias are just gorgeous and the dahlias are also still going strong, which is good news.

There are even one or two gladioli in the raised beds:

Gladioli

The asters are starting to bloom and even the sweet williams we planted a couple of weeks ago have the odd flower here and there.

The lilies now have buds, so I’m hoping they’ll give us a show soon – before any frost turns up anyway …

Lilies

We’ve given the plot a good spray today, as sadly the French climbing beans had a bit of a black fly infestation, groan …

Here is the harvest, which is potatoes, courgettes, beans and a variety of late summer flowers:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books

 


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Getting There on the Plot

The alstroemerias and the dahlias are still doing well down on the allotment this week:

We’re also pleased with how the lilies and the sweet williams are coming along. The sweet williams have some flower buds forming, which we didn’t expect till next year – but they’d best get a move on …

We also have the first of the asters coming into bloom:

Asters

And there are a few gladioli dotted about here and there:

Gladiolus

No sunflowers this week as Pauline on the Allotment Committee made a display for the Elstead URC Flower Festival, and she needed some sunflowers. The asparagus fronds at the back are just brilliant. Here’s the display in situ, and I think she did an amazing job!

Allotment display

Just three courgettes for the harvest today, but they make a very pretty group!

Courgettes harvest

Have a lovely weekend!

Anne Brooke Books


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September Allotment

The flowers are going over now so we’re definitely in autumn. Still there should be autumn flowers such as chrysanthemums in bloom soon, amongst others, so it’s not all over yet.

Here are the alstroemerias, dahlias and gladioli – with the latter two, the show is definitely on the way out …

However, the lilies look as if they might still get a bloom or two before the year is done, and we have more sunflowers to come:

The sweet williams we planted last week haven’t done much, but hey at least they’re still there, LOL! We gave them a good water so they can continue to establish themselves.

Sweet Williams

We’ve now taken down the sweet peas as they’re definitely over, so that tidies up that part of the plot. This week, we have a harvest of one beetroot, courgettes, a scattering of French climbing beans and the flowers:

Harvest

Only two vases today, but they do look pretty.

Have a lovely weekend!

Anne Brooke Books


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The Weedy Allotment

Goodness me, but there was a lot of weeds at the allotment this week – mind you, we didn’t manage to weed last week as we were too busy getting ready for the allotment show, but I think the recent rain has also had a hand in it. So we have done surely three times as much weeding today, plus we trimmed the edge of the allotment – as soon it will be the Allotment Inspection (argh, the terror, the terror!!) and we must NOT be found lacking …

Anyway, the flowers have rallied in the rain and the alstroemerias (Peruvian lilies) we planted earlier in the year are actually in bloom, though I didn’t expect them to do anything at all until next year.

Alstroemeria

The gladioli and dahlias are also still doing their thing:

And we have more sunflowers, hurrah! I do love the dark orange colour of these ones.

The lilies are growing taller, but I fear the promise of them being in bloom this year might well be fading … as they really need to get a move on as the weather is definitely autumnal now!

Lilies

Today, we’ve removed the old sweet williams from one of the beds and planted about 60 new ones:

Sweet Williams

Hopefully that will give us a good crop next summer, as they’re just SO brilliant in the vases.

The autumn raspberries continue to look good, though to my eye there isn’t as big a crop as there has been over the last couple of years. Though, of course, they’re not quite ready yet.

The beetroot look straggly but the crops are still good:

Beetroot

Though look at our mildewed courgettes! The weather is really confusing them, I fear. We cut those leaves off after I took this picture.

Mildewed courgettes

Here is the harvest, which consists of various flowers, French climbing beans, courgettes, one lone potato, and some rather small (but very smelly – in a good way!) onions:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home:

Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday Monday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books