The Allotment Wife


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In Praise of Green

The allotment is really getting a lot greener at the moment, which is lovely to see. Even the flowers that are over have amazing leaves – just look at the tulips:

Tulips

I also think the carnation is just beautiful without flowers – why do mine never form a lovely mound like this at home?? It’s a mystery …

Carnations

Plus just look at the lilies – a simply gorgeous green:

Lilies

Meanwhile the gladioli are coming along, and I planted another row today. I have two more rows (ie 20 bulbs) still to plant but I may well get more:

Gladioli

And look! The first pom-pom dahlia is pushing its way through the earth:

Dahlia

The autumn raspberries and currants are enjoying the weather (though it is a bit nippy today!) …

Sadly, some of the currants have rust fungus on them so K gave them a good spray today. It’s not a serious disease for currants and won’t kill the plant – we just thought we should give them the best fruiting chance we can.

The mangetouts and shallots are coming along nicely:

Mangetouts

Shallots

And there’s enough rhubarb for another crumble, hurrah!

Rhubarb

Here is the harvest of asparagus and rhubarb, alongside two tulips and some sweet williams:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Happy Bank Holiday, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books

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Rhubarb Season

At last – it’s rhubarb season on the allotment and we’ve eaten the first of the crop today, hurrah. That said, I suspect we’re the last to harvest our rhubarb in the village, probably due to the fact we’ve not mulched it for a couple of years, wicked us … Will try to remember to add mulch some time soon!

Meanwhile the mangetouts are hanging on in there, and we’ve put slug doom on them today to give them a fighting chance:

Mangetouts

Today we’ve planted lettuces and onions to add to the range of crops we’re growing. K netted the onions to give them some protection as there appears to be a secret onion chewer at loose throughout the plots – possibly rabbits, grr!

Meanwhile the autumn raspberry area is coming on well, and I’m trying to keep the weeds seriously at bay as it saves so much angst later on when I just can’t get in.

Soft Fruit

There are still a few daffodils about:

Daffodils

But it’s the tulips who are queen of all they survey right now. I do so love the striped ones – they’re amazing.

Tulips

And even the lilies are looking hopeful.

Lilies

I’ve also planted another couple of rows of gladioli that we bought yesterday, and I have another thirty left to plant over the weeks ahead. If I run out, I’ll get more as it’s nice to have some later blooms. Plus one of the earlier gladioli is already on its way!

Gladioli

Here is the harvest of rhubarb, tulips and daffodils:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home:

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Spring Planting

We popped into the garden centre before going to the allotment this morning, and bought sweet peas, golden beetroot, mangetouts, and cabbages for the allotment, and carrots for home (as we can protect them from carrot fly there). We’ve never grown cabbages before but thought we’d give it a go this year.

Planting

Once at the allotment we were delighted to find that some very kind person had left a huge pile of pine bark near the allotment fence so K grabbed the wheelbarrow and we have tidied up our paths, hurrah. Plus the pine smell is just amazing.

So, I have planted the sweet peas next to the shed as usual:

Sweetpeas

And I made half a bed for the beetroot plants – they’re just so small!

Beetroot

K created some sticks and netting for the mangetouts, and I have then put slug pellets on anything I think they might aim for …

In other news, there is one lone tulip in one of our disastrous Brussels sprouts beds (which we have now cleared):

Tulip 2

And the tulips in the actual tulip bed are coming along nicely too:

Tulips 1

The daffodils continue to hold their own:

And the lilies are coming along:

Lilies

Meanwhile, the currants and rhubarb are really getting going, which is fabulous – they are both definitely further along than they were last year, thank goodness.

So, no vegetables for harvesting this week – just the daffodils and tulips:

Harvest

And here are the flowers at home:

Have a great Mothering Sunday, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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Scented daffodils and tulip bulbs

The daffodils are really hitting their peak on the windy allotment today – and the first of the small scented ones are out, so that’s just amazing.

And the tulips are getting bigger, with some of them even showing buds, which is very exciting!

The rhubarb is growing:

Rhubarb

Meanwhile, the soft fruit is showing the first signs of leaf, both in the autumn raspberry area and in the currant zone.

Not only that, but I’ve finally remembered to dig up the lupins for home and here they are with the daffodil harvest:

Harvest

For now, we’ve planted the lupins in the cold frame in the back garden until we can work out where to put them but here is the daffodil vase – which is filling the kitchen with scent (bliss!):

 

Anne Brooke Books


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The Windy Allotment

Very windy down at the allotment today – I thought the daffodils might get blown away when I was taking them back to the car, but they survived the journey, hurrah. Here they are in their beds:

The tulips are also doing well and have definitely grown:

Tulips

But – guess what! – I’ve STILL not brought that poor lupin home – I will do it soon, really I will!

Lupin

The rhubarb leaves are getting bigger:

Rhubarb

And there are more leaves coming in the autumn raspberries, which is good news:

Autumn raspberries

Here is the harvest of daffodils only:

Harvest

And here they are in the vase – the colour is just so amazing.

Have a peaceful Sunday.

Anne Brooke Books


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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


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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 …

lilies1.jpg

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.

sweet-williams1.jpg

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.

harvest.jpg

And here are the vases at home:

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books