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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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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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


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Small can be beautiful

A quick hoe round the allotment this morning, plus I sprayed the lilies and put slug pellets down (no organic gardening here – well, I am a farmer’s daughter after all!…) while K  planted up some more beetroot:

Beetroot

We’re growing rather fond of beetroot – so wonderful that you can eat all the plant and nothing’s wasted, hurrah. So we picked a couple of the older beetroots and also some of the lovely geums, and the smaller alliums:

Harvest

I did think the smaller alliums (as in my earlier post) were a mistake, but I thought I’d try floating them in one of our ramekins (look how posh we are – we have ramekins! – not bad for an Essex Gal, eh …) and actually it really works.

Alliums

I’ve put the geums in with some of our chive flowers from the garden and they look pretty good too.

Geums and chives

Here they both are together, to give you a sense of perspective:

Geums, chives and alliums

In other flower news on the allotment, the lilies and sweet williams look like they’re going to bloom fairly soon so I’m looking forward to that. And we are letting the rest of the asparagus go to seed to give it a chance to get sorted for next year – so our asparagus season is now over, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the crop. Also, I think that with a bit of luck and if the wind is in the right direction, we might get a second flush of rhubarb too.

Anne Brooke Books