The Allotment Wife


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The Gladioli are here!

Great news at the allotment – some of the gladioli are finally in bloom and are a gorgeous colour! They’re mixed, but I hope there are some more of these amongst the crop:

Gladioli

Just so beautiful – whoever thinks gladioli are unfashionable and tacky is an idiot to my mind! The dahlias seem a bit cheerier today, and I think I might be on the way to beating off the blackfly hurrah – here they are with the gauras:

 

The cosmos are also doing well, and the sunflowers are definitely getting taller but no blooms yet …

Cosmos

Sunflowers

I’m also getting to the last of the lilies now (sob!) but the sweet peas have got a second wind, I think – and the smell is wonderful:

Lilies

Sweet peas

There’s also a lovely little flower that’s just bloomed that we were given by a kind person on the allotment, but for the life of me I can’t remember exactly what it is. Still very beautiful though!

Flowers

In terms of the veg, the beetroot are going great guns and the crop is growing very large indeed!

Beetroot

However, in the potato bed, it’s a game of two halves – the tasty potatoes now all have the blight, and the tasteless Sarpo potatoes don’t, hey ho. We might be able to rescue some potatoes which taste of something, but it looks like on the whole we’re doomed with Sarpo again, LOL!

Potatoes

Elsewhere, the runner beans are running away, and the soft fruit’s enthusiasm knows no bounds:

Runner beans

Soft fruit

Here’s this week’s harvest, which includes golden beetroot, runner beans, peas, mangetouts, sweet peas, cosmos, echinacea (not brilliant but it’s there …), some of the dahlias, coreopsis, gaura, lilies and a geum. Oh, and there’s a pot of blackcurrants too!

Harvest

And here are the flowers in the vases at home:

 

Have a great Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books


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Allotment abundance

I’m really thrilled with how the allotment is going at the moment – we’ve harvested our first courgettes and runner beans, and the gladioli are so nearly there. The only real problem is that my dahlias are covered with black fly (sob!…) and it might be spreading. I’ve sprayed loads of times but the beasties just keep fighting back. So I’m not using the dahlias as cut flowers at the moment which is a shame.

Here are pics of the rest of the allotment though, plus flower arrangements at home. I’m particularly pleased with the first crop of blackcurrants, and also I’m very happy with the white and red lily arrangements. Which are your favs?

Anne Brooke Books


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The over-hoer strikes again!

Gorgeous weather for spending time in the allotment this week, though the soil is quite dry to work with. The autumn raspberries are doing very well though I might well cut the tops off where they’re not producing anything at some point:

Autumn raspberries

K and I also planted a couple of types of potato – sarpo (bland taste but they’re blight-resistant) and carolus. Here they are before they actually go in:

Potatoes

Much to our delight, the rhubarb was big enough to harvest today and I made a rhubarb and apple crumble for lunch – the first rhubarb of the season and it was great! I just love the smell.

Rhubarb

Meanwhile, over in Flower World, I’m ashamed to say that I have somewhat blotted my copybook as while I was planting the last of the gladioli bulbs, I mentioned to K that I had to keep pulling some funny looking weeds out from between the early gladioli shoots. Um, apparently, these are NOT weeds, but something K planted when I was ill, called Brodiea. Oh the shame!! I will leave them well alone next time. Here they are:

Brodiaea

They’re so small and they definitely look like grass if you can see them in the above snap! Anyway, maybe it’s best if I read the labels first before pulling things out, LOL.

On the more positive side, the geums are coming along very well and there may even be something to pick next week …

Geums

Finally, here is today’s harvest, which includes tulips, Sweet Williams (the first of these!), leeks (which K is preparing to save my itchy eyes …), asparagus, spinach and the rhubarb:

Harvest

And here are the flowers at home:

Vase

Have a fabulous Sunday and enjoy this glorious weather!

Anne Brooke Books

 

 


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Pootling Along

A nice pootling kind of a morning at the allotment today. We hoed round and made sure everything was okay, as far as possible. I was expecting a little more from the sweet peas we planted last week but they’ve not done very much so far:

Sweet peas

However, on the plus side, the tulips are still doing their best, and even the daffodils are hanging on in there:

It’s really the lilies which are putting on something of a growth spurt, and the gladioli are poking their heads up a little more too:

LiliesGladioli

On the veggie front, we’re pleased with the rhubarb, the asparagus and the spinach, and had enough of the latter two to take as part of our harvest, hurrah!

Meanwhile, the autumn raspberries and gooseberry have plenty of foliage which is good news.

Here’s the harvest we gathered, which includes leeks too – and it’s odd as they really make my eyes sore even from just having them in the car, which hasn’t happened before – the soreness lasted all afternoon and has only just gone, so goodness knows what that is about! I LOVE leeks! K suggested wearing a gas mask next time we harvest the leeks, but I don’t think it’s a good look, LOL!

Harvest

Finally, here are the tulips in their vases at home.

Vases

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Anne Brooke Books

 


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Tulips Encore

Just back from a glorious holiday in Amsterdam and on the Rhine and I now have total tulip mania. However, by the looks of our allotment after a week of being away, I really didn’t need to go to Amsterdam to find the tulips!

Not only that but I think we have a couple of gladioli shoots on the way up – the ones that K planted a few weeks ago:

Gladioli

You have to look very closely to see them though! I also think that we might have a dahlia on the way though it will be very early if it’s true …

Dahlia

Meanwhile, the lilies I’d forgotten I’d left in their bed are doing well, and we have one of our sweet williams almost in bloom too:

However, the main focus of our visit (apart from catching up with the weeding, lol) was planting the first of our sweet peas next to the shed. Here they are in situ:

Sweet peas

The soft fruit area is doing well too, and we’re particularly pleased with the gooseberry:

The spinach is also growing fast, as is the rhubarb:

And, finally, the asparagus is now definitely on the way, though still small.

Asparagus

So, today’s harvest was the tulips, a few stray narcissi, leeks and the spinach:

Harvest

And here are the tulips in their vases at home – I’m very pleased with them indeed, especially the red ones!

 

 


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First planting of the year

Out in the allotment today and we’ve planted 15 gladioli bulbs which is our first actual planting of this year, hurrah! We’re doing succession planting for the first time ever (go us, eh!) and so we’ll plant more in 2 weeks’ time and then the last batch two weeks after that. Here they are just before we bury them in the soil:

Gladioli

This week, we also have some more daffodils as cut flowers for the house – though they’ve been a little stressed out by last night’s frost!

Daffodils

Doesn’t stop them looking pretty grand once in their vase though:

Vase

Meanwhile, the rhubarb is showing itself for the first time, though probably not enough for crumble just now, LOL:

Rhubarb

A sign of good things ahead though. And talking of good things, it looks like we might be able to get some manure from the lady who owns the horses in the field next to the allotments, so that’s brilliant news. We’ll have to bring a trolley and a bag to put it in next time we’re on site. Manure is always good!

Finally, a harvest today of those lovely daffodils, plus sprouts, which we’ve had for lunch and will also see us through another meal or two for sure.

Harvest

What with the harvest, we now have a couple of empty beds, so are having fun thinking of what we can put in them next. I do love the start of spring!

Have a fabulous Mothering Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books