The Allotment Wife


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The Quiet Allotment

Nothing much happening at the plot today – even the chrysanthemums are all but over so I think I’ll cut them back next week.

Chrysanthemums

Mind you, there are signs of life amongst the daffodils:

Daffodils

And there are buds on the currant bushes, which is great.

Currants

So we didn’t do much there today – just some hoeing and also weeding between the raised beds. And K cut back those determined sweet williams once more.

Here are some winter plot scenes:

And here is the tiny harvest of yakons and some beetroot:

Harvest

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

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The Rise of the Daffodils

On my own at the allotment this morning as K was busy repainting the kitchen (fresh new look – Summer Linen, hurrah!) and I didn’t want to disturb him, LOL. So I did some hoeing and tidied up the edges of the plot while I had a chance, plus I did some more composting.

There are daffodil shoots coming up all over, which is lovely, but some of them are coming up in places we didn’t put them! Then again, that’s Nature for you – you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen, but I’m quite happy to let them do what they need to.

To my surprise, the chrysanthemums are still struggling along so this year we actually have flowers in December, well gosh. Usually, we only manage it until November, but the weather this last week or so has been kind in terms of temperatures.

Chrysanthemums

Another minimal harvest this time round – I grabbed a beetroot from the beetroot bed and added the flowers:

Harvest

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone, and welcome to December!

Anne Brooke Books


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The Lonely Chrysanthemum

Just one chrysanthemum on the allotment this week – though we do have a few others still in bud. Frankly, I’m amazed they’ve lasted this long!

The Sweet Williams look healthy though no need to cut off any stray flowers this time.

Sweet Williams

And the daffodil shoot we discovered last weekend has grown a tad taller, hurrah!

Daffodil

The Brussels Sprouts, however, still have no sprouts … Still, the plants themselves might just be a bit bigger than when we last looked at them, so maybe this year is the Year of the Sprout Leaf. Yum!

Brussels sprouts

And so our rather meagre harvest consists of beetroot, some yakons and that one chrysanthemum.

Happy Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books


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The Autumn Allotment

Well, that’s definitely the end of any hope of lilies, I’m afraid. This morning’s sharp frost finally got them in full and I’ve now cut them down:

Lilies

The sweet williams continue to thrive, however, so should produce a good crop next year. K cut off the tips again as we don’t want them to flower now.

Sweet Williams

In exciting news, the first of our daffodil shoots are coming through so we’re looking forward to more of them making their presence known over the next few weeks and beyond. Not sure what that spare bulb is doing though! Maybe it’s making a bid for freedom, LOL!

Daffodil

There is still plenty of beetroot to harvest so we’ve taken some for lunch today.

Beetroot

In the sunlight, the remains of the autumn raspberry patch look amazing, even though the crop has been terrible this year:

And here are a couple of shots of the allotment in full. Not much around now as you can see, and the Brussel sprouts are proving very disappointing – with no growth and no sprouts at all, so that’s a real disappointment. Perhaps we didn’t put them in early enough or grow them on first properly? Not sure, but I fear I’m going to have to buy sprouts for Christmas again, sob! I LOVE sprouts …

Here is the very minimal harvest of a few straggly chrysanthemums and the ever-reliable beetroot:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books


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Soggy Allotment

A very soggy allotment today so the Wellies are definitely on! Still at least we don’t need to water anything … Today’s important job was getting the tulips in, so K took out the gladioli (which we’ll store for next year), and then we planted up that bed with tulips old and new:

We then put netting across and weighed it down with sticks to keep those pesky squirrels off! Odd how the squirrels love the tulip bulbs so much but pay no attention to the daffodil bulbs. Obviously they’re just very picky.

Tulips 3

Meanwhile, the asparagus forest is growing and we really must cut it down soon.

Asparagus forest

The chrysanthemums are struggling and the lilies are really fighting a losing battle now. I’ll give the lilies one more week (tops!) before cutting them down, I think.

And in the soft fruit zone, one of our currant bushes actually has buds, well gosh! Signs of hope for next year then.

Currant buds

All in all, the harvest is very meagre indeed, though K did grab a beetroot as we left the allotment after I’d taken this photo!

Harvest

Here is the very sad vase at home – I threw out the red chrysanthemum as it was crawling with black fly (yuck!) but the yellow flowers seemed unaffected, though rather brown at the edges … Maybe the black fly is as picky as the squirrels, LOL?!

Vase

All best to everyone for Remembrance Weekend.

Anne Brooke Books


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Elstead Allotments: Remembering the Fallen

Elstead lost 38 men from the village in World War 1, and Pauline from the Allotment Association has kindly arranged this wonderful and very moving display of 38 poppies on one of our allotment trees for us to remember them. Thank you, Pauline et al.

Remembrance

38 poppies

One hundred years on, here is what our allotment is like today: the beetroots are doing well and not bothered by any of the frost the week has thrown at them.

Beetroot

However, the Brussels sprouts seem to be stuck in a time warp or something as they’re not getting any bigger and there are certainly no signs of … um … sprouts … Still, there’s time yet, I hope.

Brussels sprouts

There are still some chrysanthemums in bloom:

Chrysanthemums

And even the poor lilies are trying to do something very late in the season!

Lilies

I have decided to take all the dahlias out and replant them back at home as they’re really not very good as cut flowers as they don’t last long – so we’d rather enjoy them in the garden. We’ll have to think of something to replace them with at at some point.

Dahlias

K also harvested the first of the yakons – ie the Peruvian ground apples. We store these for a few weeks in the garage as they get a lot sweeter over time. You can eat them raw or cooked.

Yakon

Here is the harvest of beetroots and chrysanthemums:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(From For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon)


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Extra Daffodils

There is no such thing as too many daffodils. There we were thinking we’d got the daffodils in ready for next spring and then of course we visit a garden centre and the next thing we know we have 30 new bulbs (mixed) to plant, LOL. Here they are just before being planted:

New daffodils

The lilies are still making brave attempts to produce blooms. One of them is in flower but it’s only half a flower (if you see what I mean) so not worth harvesting. Still, with the good weather lined up for the next week, perhaps our luck will be in for next weekend?

Lilies

The chrysanthemums are as reliable as ever:

Chrysanthemums

The beetroot continue to do well, and the Brussels sprouts are looking okay.

While there today, we tided up the autumn raspberries and did a quick hoe round. Here is the harvest of beetroot, a few autumn raspberries and the chrysanthemums:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books