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.
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.
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.
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.