As we’ve been away I’ve fallen behind a bit on my allotment posts. So this is a bit of a round up 🙂 .
Firstly I got hold of some collapsable raised beds from Primrose for the beans. I have hung a climbing net from the scaffold poles left by the previous occupants, so they would have something to climb up. The sweetcorn has also gone in. And some Globe Artichokes. Oh and I’ve put the tagetes in between the beans to ward of black fly.
Mick also gave me some savoy cabbages so I’ve put those in with the other brassicas.
In the garden I’ve been potting on, with quite a bit more to go.
I was feeling very smug.
Mmm – not so smug now! When I next went to put in my replacement raspberry canes (Tulameen), I discovered that all my Butternut squash, and half my pumpkins had been eaten by the slugs 😮 .
I have protected the pumpkins with cloches for now, and got some copper tape to see I can could limit the damage. I also ordered some firmer copper bands which will stand up on their own and are reusable (but much more expensive). Anyway – enough for now, but more soon.
Bluebell season – well the end of it – up at Ightham. Photographing bluebells is always frustrating as it’s really hard to capture that blue haze, so I’ve mostly ducked the issue and done close-ups, and some nice pathways….
A little trip to the Sissinghurst. As I live fairly close it’s possible to just ‘pop in’, and focus on a few sections rather than trying to see everything…
Today’s choices – some from the White Garden, which was looking lovely, but hard to take an effective encompassing shot; the lilacs with their oh-so-intoxicating smell; and the orchard blossom – which was very impressive. In fact it’s been a really good blossom year in general, I guess due to the low rain fall. Unfortunately, it’s been really cold so I’m not sure the pollinators have been out converting all these blooms into fruit. One of the trees was particularly enormous – several times my height.
On the tower, the clematis montana was rambling up the wall, and another massive climber – not sure what it was though – any takers?
A little trip in the sunshine to Sissinghurst last Saturday. So lovely to see all the new colours emerging. There were a couple of pretty varieties of narcissus that were really unusual, and the carpet of crocuses and yellow daffs was impressive… but mostly it was just nice to feel that spring has finally arrived.
It’s not quite spring, but it’s coming along…. the signs are nestled on the edge of the soil. The bravest plants are out. The hellebores are coming along. Tomorrow, storm Doris is coming. But for now we can feel like spring is just a breath away.
Knole was heaving, as it was such a beautiful day (about 2 weeks ago). But there’s always lots of space there and even the deer seem unperturbed by the number of people. It was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves as I ambled about the park, enjoying the sunshine too.
Walking, and some much needed fresh air. It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, not a breath of wind. Some of the frost didn’t melt all day and as soon as the sun started to head back towards the horizon it was cooler. Cold even. I found the perfect sitting log. There were quite a few walkers – some friendly – some as cold as the air. But a lovely walk, and feeling so much better for it.