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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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