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Sussex Prairie Garden

A little visit out and about – this time to Sussex Prairie Garden. I’d not been before, and it was certainly impressive. The weather was, well, changeable! That’s why the photos look like they’ve been taken on different days ….

The planting was in big slices of the same thing, juxtaposed with another enormous clump. You can walk through the borders, so you can get right into the planting. I’ve got to say though, it wasn’t for me. I think it was just too grand(iose). I think I prefer more intimate gardens. And as I am always looking for inspiration, it would be hard to replicate this in a normal garden, even if I wanted to. I don’t want to put you off going, so here are some lovely photos – reviewing them now makes me like the garden more! Maybe you will feel more of a connection.

 

 

Harvest at last (and some annoying pests)

Hello again, been a while…

Here are some pics from this month’s harvest. The sweetcorn was lovely…. can’t beat from plant to pot 😉 .I know it sounds daft, but I almost like the process more than the produce … which is just as well as the slugs / caterpillars are in action. Especially unhappy about the Tuscan Kale which is one of my favourites.

The toms are starting to come along. I had to cut some of the pumpkins – one which had been invading next door (who was not amused) and one which was blocking my route to the spuds. I am now trying to fob off enormous pumpkins on all my friends! I can barely lift the big one – got to laugh.

More soon, plus planning for next year … definitely going for a smaller type of squash 😀 .

 

More allotmenting….

I’ve noticed that my allotment doesn’t look like everyone else’s…. it’s more of a riot really…

Anyway I press on. Some of the sweetcorn have two cobs coming: so exciting! The pumpkin is growing lots of pumpkins everywhere. I’m slightly in awe of it’s productivity. Rasps have finally grown a bit more. Still no courgettes – I have bought more compost. Beans are coming. The weeds are also doing very well. Artichokes are looking beautiful, and I even have an aubergine coming (pic to follow). Feeling slightly overwhelmed now. Anyway – more pics of produce soon.

The benefits of imperfection, and a little walk

It has been a strange few allotment weeks. I ventured back down there, to find most things have grown a lot…. especially the weeds, but better still the pumpkin (the plant, if not the pumpkins, is about 10ft across) and the rhubarb. Some things still have not taken off. The peas had gone over, but the sweetcorn plants are now taller than me!

Some weird allotment politics also going on – who knew. I have brought a cordless strimmer to finish off the half mown path. Plus the judgement against failures. This is somewhat annoying – I just want to say – people it’s just an allotment, let’s keep it all in perspective. After all, that’s the joy of gardening, and growing in general. Some things work, some things don’t, you learn, you remember what is important and what isn’t. A bit of imperfection is acceptable, in life, and in allotments.

Maybe it’s the heat… anyway here are some nice green pics. Also a little walk near home, so a few extra photos, including the burnt log which I quite liked. More soon…. as it’s taken me a few days to pluck up the courage to post this!

Hampton Heat

It was soooo hot. And what’s more it had been even hotter. The rose tent was unbearable – I tried to take a few snaps anyway. But my absolute favourite garden was the Brownfields Metamorphosis – I loved the combination of rust and soft planting, structure and movement. Definitely inspired! Other things to like were the red helenium, the dark blue agapanthus, the kids garden, the urban rain garden, extremely expensive (and unaffordable) greenhouses, and some lovely water features…. here are some highlights: