Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whopping windfalls

Whopping windfall apples after recent storms make up for wind damaged sunflowers and a late night tussle with a clump of ten foot jerusalem artichokes which needed tying up.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rambling on

These climbing/rambling roses responded well to pruning back and are producing a second flush of flowers.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


There really is nothing like fresh sweetcorn, eaten within an hour of picking. Could never go back to tinned sweetcorn and even cobs bought in the shops are at least a few days old and taste nothing like the fresh stuff. Not such a great harvest this year - incomplete pollination - but still about a dozen cobs for immediate consumption, to give away or shove in the freezer. Also aways save one to dry out as backup seed for next year. None lost to badgers this year, but signs that birds or mice had been nibbling.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Perpetual parsley

Really handy to have a constant supply of parsley, which, like so many crops, has done well this year. On the other hand, several sowings of coriander failed to establish, being very attractive to molluscs.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Dry pod

These borlotti beans are best eaten fresh, not the whole pod, like runner beans and very early broad beans, but green and plump (despite the colour of the pod) like late broad beans.

           A good store of dried beans to use as seed for next year.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Cows (Grant Acid Mix) Edit

Now that the nights are drawing in, there will be more of this sort of thing. (Full music track here. ) Thanks Grant!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Late leeks

These late leek seedlings will need feeding over the coming months to provide food during the winter and perhaps flowering heads for insects next summer.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Done and dusted

The end of August and summer's done and dusted. It's all about seeds now, as everything tries frantically to produce seed for next year, while a few predators; mice, humans and pigeons included, try to consume or store them.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cactus pots

The cactus dahlias are producing explosions of fire to herald the arrival of autumn, though they prefer pots to open ground.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No buzz marmalade

These Rudbeckia Hirta 'Marmalade' produce loads of long-lasting flowers from June until the first frosts, but it's puzzling that the seeds were 'selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife', as nothing's buzzed anywhere near them all summer.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunny delight

Birds and rodents find fresh sunflower seeds irresistible, so after a few hours drying in the sun, these seed heads will be secreted away in the seed bank for next year.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Go Wild In The Jungle

     Everything brimming over, frantic to flower and produce seeds.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mu Mu land


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mint hopper

          A grasshopper nearly perfectly camouflaged on a mint leaf.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


                  Last of the broad beans, first windfall apples.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Plump pickings

New raspberry stock in their second season producing a plump crop.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Sweet brew

                     The more you pick, the more you get.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Peak plum

   Plums dropping from the sky. Stewing with raspberries and apples.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Just swell

          Waiting for the borlotti beans to swell to full maturity.

Monday, July 31, 2017

King crimson

Autumn in the air for a while now and with it, the deep crimson of a gladioli; much less blousey than the pink and peach-coloured ones. The orange crocosmia spreads like fire despite the rain showers.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Late earlies

Late to be harvesting early potatoes, but the cold start to the season held them back. Without watering them through the drought, they wouldn't have grown to this size. For once, no sign of wireworm or blemishes on any of them.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

BoJo tassle

Most, but not all of the sweetcorn plants have formed cobs, with tassles like unruly haircuts - BoJo? Sometimes, tapping the pollen from the flowers helps, though it's been windy enough for nature to take care of that. Perhaps a little too wet and windy.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The kitchen beckons

Runner bean plants are still climbing, quickly producing pods that dangle hopefully in their efforts to return to earth and start again - but the kitchen beckons.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The hot spell earlier in the year is now just a distant memory, like summers of youth. Torrential downpours have left everything soaked and near gale force winds have battered and blown over tall plants. 'At least you won't have to water the allotment', they say, not realising that that's part of the fun of it. After waiting in the wings, snails and slugs make the most of the damp, seeking out seedlings and horizontal sunflowers. Badgers dig more easily in the wet turf and soil, finding worms and crane fly larvae and not replacing their divots: worse, one took out an entire small crop of carrots, easily pushing aside some chicken wire. They'll be back for the sweetcorn before long.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blooming Norah

Despite the phlox seedlings being nibbled by mice a couple of months ago, most of them survived and are now in bloom. This one might be 'Norah Leigh'.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Some like it swampy

Torrential rain for most of the day; not so good for insects and delicate blooms but the celery can't get enough of it.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Black gold

                Entering the rudbeckia and sunflower season.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sunshine & showers

                  Sunshine and showers bring out the gladioli.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations blooming in their second year, still smelling deliciously of cloves and honey.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pumps away

         Pumpkin, propped up on a brick for protection and warmth.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lily-like Funk

Surprised by the emergence of this hosta flower, looking lily-like and emitting a similar perfume. Turns out that they're also known as plantain lilies and Funkia, in honour of botanist Heinrich Funk.