Saturday, 28 December 2013
Monday, 23 December 2013
a huge bunch of radish
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Looking around, I was surprised how much colour is still around - the house walls are covered in jasmine and cotoneaster.
More polyanthus are coming into flower
Unfortunately, the birds seem fond of this pink one and have nibbled most of it away.
And there are still summer 'leftovers' - an oriental poppy with two buds, orange welsh poppies in flower and the black hollyhock is still going strong.
As I'm typing this up, late at night, I can hear birds twittering in the pyracantha at the front of the house, sounding as if they're nesting already. Surely that's not possible?
Thursday, 12 December 2013
I'm stunned that there are still raspberries to be picked though for next year I'd like to put some netting or fleece over them to get even more!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Most of the garden is looking ragged and bare with only the honesty seed pods to lighten it but a bit of looking around turned up a surprising number of flowers.
winter jasmine growing up the walls
rosemary underneath it
the black hollyhock is determinedly flowering
and next spring's polyanthus coming into flower
kaffir lilies looking straggly but colourful still
and a lone welsh poppy.
One of the oriental poppies has a bud but I don't think it will manage to flower at this time of year.
the garage wall is covered with cotoneaster berries
the front wall with pyracantha
and the rowan in the front garden has masses of berries
Monday, 2 December 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I was astounded then to find raspberries still ripening at the allotment - expected them to have turned to mush
..and here's another surprise, found when we pulled out the bean row. A bit nibbled by grubs but hopefully a dinner's worth of potatoes.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
The small orchard is looking very autumnal at the moment, especially the plum and cherry trees, but even the beetroot and raspberries are putting on an autumn glow.
We tucked the cauliflowers and summer broccoli up under fleece
but most of the winter veg are left uncovered for now. When the weather turns REALLY cold they'll need to be covered - not because of the weather but because the pigeons get too hungry and see the allotments as a fast food place.
We have broccoli, swedes and cabbages growing for winter and, mst important for Christmas, brussels sprouts!
Monday, 18 November 2013
Some cold days but no hard frosts yet.
Still, the forecast for next week varies from -5 overnight temperatures to top daytimes of +4 with snow thrown in for good measure. With that in mind we decided to do another big clear up at the allotment.
Still, surprisingly, picking raspberries and tomatoes - and even a couple of small peppers!
a few spinach leaves
cabbages, in case they don't stand the frost