Friday Plotlines

There’s only one way to describe the plot this morning and that’s soggy.  What’s become apparent in the last couple of days however is that it is very much a plot of two halves and that whilst I am sharing pictures of seemingly evergreen crops here today, some things seem to be positively thriving on a diet of torrential rain and cooler temperatures.

Avalon Pride Peach

Throughout the season I’ve been adding to the number of perennials on the plot, a couple of helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer‘, a potentilla ‘Elizabeth’ and campanula, amongst others.  I’ve not mentioned them much because although purchased in excellent condition they floundered a bit once planted and I wasn’t sure they’d survive in allotment conditions. Finally after three months in the ground they look established with full green foliage and in the case of the potentilla some very pretty flowers. The same is also true of the herb bed which inspite of  being mostly sage, rosemary and other plants that like dry conditions was looking a bit frayed around the edges. At the end of July I tidied it up and cut back everything other than the lavender which was in full bloom at the time and now there’s plenty of new growth.

Pink Ruffle Tomato

Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer

Carrot Seedlings

Karma Irene Dahlia

Following Bob’s lead I’ve tried to take more care of the dahlias this season, feeding weekly and cutting off any blooms that are passed their best, this might not seem like a big task but I’m estimating that’s it’s about a hundred flowers a week. Definitely been worthwhile though because whilst these plants seemed to reach their peak very early in the year they still look fresh even if not quite show worthy.

Apple Mint

Potentilla Elizabeth

Rosemary

Sweeetcorn

Sahin's Early Flowerer

I said in the last post that my thought were already turning to autumn and to that end I’ve already started clearing beds in preparation.  The sweetcorn is finished now, it all tends to come at the same time and although I have left some of the smaller cobs for the ‘wildlife’ the rest of the  plants are already on the compost.  This I think will be replaced by chard and cavolo nero.  I’m still holding out for the tomatoes, although I do feel that green chutney is inevitable at some point, but will start to clear away plants that have given their best fruit. I am thinking now that forty two plants was just too many.

Here’s hoping for a good weekend.

Thank you for reading and let me know in the comments what’s going on in your garden.

V.

 

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6 Responses to “Friday Plotlines”

  1. Julie August 29, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    42 plants! We have lots of green tomatoes but am boyed by the good weather forecast, so hoping that they do ripen. We grow lots of Chard but not Cavolo Nero, is that easy to grow? 

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — August 29th, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      This is last chance saloon for me and Cavolo Nero. Yes it is easy to grow but it’s often affected by white fly. I’m planting it a bit later in the year in the hope that it helps.

  2. elaine August 29, 2014 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    I began the tomato season by saying it had been pretty rubbish and now I say it has been pretty good. Only a few more left to ripen – no blight – a freezer full of stewed toms and lots of bottled ratatouille – all from fifteen plants – not bad going.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — August 29th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      I just got carried away Elaine, I think there are five or six different varieties. It’s been a good learning for me and also it’s extended the season, but really fifteen would have been more than enough for us as well.

      If you have a good ratatouille recipe I’d love to know about it.

  3. annjenny August 30, 2014 @ 8:12 am (#)

    There is definitely a feeling of autumn down on our lottie too. I’ve been clearing away sweet peas that have gone over, but still got lots of butternut squash which I hope will ripen and ‘autumn bliss’ raspberries just starting.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — August 30th, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

      I’m the same with the pumpkins Anne. They’re supposed to have orange stripes, no sign so far. Great to have some autumn raspberries.

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