The Allotment Wife


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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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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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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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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