Well hello my lovely gardening friend, it has been a while since I did an update on how things are growing down the allotment. Click to enlarge photo’s and hover your mouse over the smaller ones to see text.
Summer started off well, but here in England, August has not been so good, with cooler weather with lots of windy days, one which saw it bring down one of my hanging baskets of flowers on the side of our home, and blow over several pots of flowers on the patio. So between the Sunshine and the heavy Showers we have been enjoying days out with family and getting to grips with keeping the allotment tidy.
My Dahlias, have been extra magnificent this year, giving us lots of cut flowers that have been shared between family and neighbours, who have really appreciated their blooms. They now stand to the height of my shoulder when I am in amongst them, as does the sweet corn. My hubby is now starting to collect the cobs and so far he has cleaned and frozen 34 large cobs.. And there are still plenty more that have to ripen. So it has been a very good crop this year.
Autumn is showing its signs early this year, and while we have picked lots of Raspberries and Blackberries we have also lost a lot of Raspberries to the wet conditions and not getting to pick them soon enough.. So the birds are making the most of them.. The blueberries the birds got too before I did, as the netting I put over them had a gap in it and so they had a feast.. But I was not concerned as I got to them first last year.
The pumpkins are also swelling out nicely, we planted four seeds from last years pumpkin at Halloween, and are growing these for our granddaughter as she loves to scoop out the middles and help sculpt them into faces for Halloween.
I have also had lots and LOTS of sweetpeas, these are the Old Fashioned variety, I always grow these, and these are from the saved seeds from last year, and they smell gorgeous, and I have several small vases now scatted around my home bringing fragrance to each room..
Remember the Gladioli when I diligently weeded through them all, to expose their small shoots? I took a gamble last year and left them in the ground, I was lucky as we had a mild winter, or I may have lost them.. This year after flowering I will lift them and store the bulbs for next year.. Here is what they look like now.. I have had lots of blooms off of these. And have some within my hearth right now.
The Kidney Runner Beans have been doing well also, and again many neighbours have been enjoying these along with us. These are from seeds taken from allowing last years end of crop beans dry out in the pods and then saving them.
We just love tomatoes, and have two green houses full, one at home and one on the allotments.
I love tomato soup and if anyone wants a good recipe to follow, then this is so simple to make I put the recipe on my recipe pages and it can be found HERE. These are some cherry yellow tomatoes we have.
Well that is about all for this time.. Next time I hope to show you what has been happening in the Home Garden.