The Allotment Wife


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Astilbe mountain and a sneaky tayberry

We decided to move the eight astilbes from the allotment today and plant them up in a suitable corner at home. They’ve not been very good cut flowers but will look lovely in the borders, I think. Always nice to have autumn colour in the garden, though of course they’ve been blooming since summer.

Astilbes

Not so many flowers to collect this week, but K has harvested some more Sarpo potatoes (great for being blight resistant but the taste is rubbish – so good for a general vegetable soup!), and the courgettes are doing well.

Harvest

We also harvested more autumn raspberries to add to tomorrow’s apple crumble and – as you can see above – we discovered a couple of tayberries we forgot we planted! Didn’t think they’d crop this year, but it’s nice to see a flash of red amongst the gold in the soft fruit patch. They’re quite sharp but will be brilliant in pudding.

And also, much to our surprise, a couple of late sunflowers have just bloomed, which is wonderful. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo, but will try to remember next time.

We’ve also taken 100 daffodil bulbs down to the allotment to join the others that are already there from earlier this year, but need to think which beds to put them in. There’s space in the astilbe area now!

Anne Brooke Books

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Raspberry surprise

These last couple of weeks, we’ve been patiently waiting for our autumn raspberries to turn red so we can pick them before the birds do. However, it now appears they’re actually Autumn Gold raspberries so they don’t turn red at all – Allotmenteer Fail! So yesterday, we picked as many as we could and I have added them to the apple and blackberry crumble I’m making for Sunday lunch today (blackberries courtesy of the hedges hereabouts, and apples courtesy of our neighbour and our own apple tree at home!).

Autumn Gold raspberries

Sad to say, the autumn raspberries are a bit bland (lack of sun possibly?) so a crumble is the best place for them. We’re thinking of having red autumn raspberries next year to give us a clue as to when they’re ready to harvest – though I fear the birds will be keener on those.

However, as you can see, there are plenty more yellow raspberries to come:

Soft fruit

Whilst there, K took out the cornflowers which are all but over, and planted sweet williams ready for next year.

Sweet Williams

Earlier in the week, I took out all the sweet peas as they were definitely over, sadly. However, the asters and cosmos are  doing well so I have picked those for home – the asters last absolutely ages in a vase, I must say.

Asters and cosmos 1 Asters and cosmos 2

In veggie news, the beetroot and leeks are doing well:

Beetroot Leeks

So we’ve managed to gain a pretty good harvest, all in all:

Harvest

Have a great Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books