|saw this at the allotments - anyone know what it is?|
Aah, the end of the day. It can be blissful can't it. Children and dishes washed and put away. Peace. A little dish of salted nuts. I have a friend who used to be a model who tells me that with peanuts you count in calorie per nut. Am I bothered? Well, yes, I am a bit, but it's not stopping me.
I've been working hard down at the allotment and in the garden. Not all of the pictures above are my plot - the last five (the pretty ones) are elsewhere on the site. Courgettes and squashes are in. Beansticks are up. The strawberries are looking good after taking a year to get established. I have very high hopes for them this year. I've planted them through weedproof membrane which is a real godsend down at the allotment. Not the loveliest thing to look at, but the weeds are ridiculous and it saves me hours of trying to get them out. Plus it makes the strawberries much easier to tidy up at the end of the season. No doubt it keeps the moisture levels in the soil a bit higher as well.
I spent this morning weeding and then digging out bindweed and horsetail from a patch where I'll be growing cucumbers. I put up bamboo poles for them to climb up and planted them out. They sometimes look a bit miserable growing outside here, so I'm hoping the weather will be fairly balmy while they establish.
I have a spot that is supposed to be two rows of radishes, but they've been nibbled down by slugs, thousands of weeds have germinated, horsetail and bindweed are sprouting and a vast amount of potatoes seem to be growing. I haven't actually planted potatoes for a couple of years now, but they keep coming up anyway. I'm not sure whether to dig the patch over completely and start again or just to let sleeping dogs lie and grow potatoes instead.
In the garden the Worcester Pearmain apple is flowering. The blossom is white and even the buds are hardly pink at all. The Egremont Russet has gorgeous raspberry buds. As the flowers open the pink seems to stretch out and dilute. The scent is lovely. The first rose is open too, more beautiful soft scent. And on the school run I've been stopping to smell the hawthorn blossom. I love these subtle natural aromas. I keep the house fairly free of fragrance, especially artificial fragrance. I think I appreciate the smell of flowers all the more for it.
Does anyone know what the plant in the penultimate two photos is? I spotted it at the allotments, growing in a fruit patch. About 3' high, a small bush. I've never seen anything like it before, I'm intrigued.
Hope all is well in your gardens or pots.