It’s a lesser-spotted allotment #SixOnSaturday from me today! Although I have been spending regular chunks of time on the plot in recent weeks, most of my time there has been spent trying to claw the whole thing back from the chaos that unfolded in the month after I’d started at Waddesdon when I didn’t make it up there at all.
Today’s been the first time in a while that I feel like I’ve actually taken a look around and realise that there are some lovely thing emerging.
I can’t really grow dianthus in the garden as it’s just not sunny enough so I’m enjoying the smack-you-between-the-eyes colour these bring to the plot! I bought several different varieties from the reduced bench at the garden centre back in the spring and I think this is ‘Purple Wedding’, despite the fact that it’s quite clearly pink.
Bottom right is, I think, ‘Pink Kisses’. I’ve taken cuttings from both, and from all the other varieties so with any luck in due course there’ll be little – these are only about 10cm tall – dianthus dotted all round the plot.
When I took on the plot I inherited the leeks planted by Jeff, the previous plot-holder. I managed to harvest lots of them, but inevitably a few got away from me in that month I wasn’t on the plot. I basically decided that I’d leave them in and give them a chance to flower and one – top right – is finally on the verge of obliging! They have tops two weeks until they really have to come out so we’ll see if any other manage to flower in time!!
This lovely mauve flower – middle right – is solanum tuberosum ‘Charlotte’, otherwise known as a spud! All the other potato plants have white flowers but I rather liked this one!
I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I have brambles growing through the fence at the back of the plot so I have everything crossed that they’re going to produce blackberries!
And last but certainly not least we have a nasturtium; annoyingly I forgot to check the label and I think I may have binned the packet. Hey ho! I grew several different varieties as companion plants, but then failed abysmally to successfully grow any actual crops!! So I’m just enjoying the nasturtiums instead!
I have to confess that over the last few weeks I haven’t really enjoyed working on the plot. It definitely started to get away from me in April when I was adjusting to my commute to and from Waddesdon and the impact of doing so much more physical activity and I basically didn’t get up there for a month.
And then I received a slightly officious but entirely justified letter from the allotment committee telling me that the plot was too weedy and grassy – which I knew – and I had four weeks to put it right…
But I have now made huge progress and yesterday afternoon was definitely more enjoyable, thank heavens! There’s still a lot more to do but I’m feeling slightly more confident that I might now get it done.
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