RHS Taste Of Autumn Festival

Adding to the wealth of pumpkin pictures currently doing the rounds on Twitter, Instagram et al I thought I’d share some of the photos we took recently at the RHS Taste of Autumn Festival.  I’m not sure if I’ve said it before but I’m increasingly keen on these smaller shows finding them altogether more relaxed than their larger counterparts, and also whilst I’ve no aversion to shopping on line for bits and pieced for the plot it’s always nice to see the suppliers you like ‘in person’.  Along with the opportunity for a long walk on a sunny day and the prospect of cake at the end it’s a winning combination.

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We didn’t really intend to buy but still managed to come away with the five rhubarb crowns I talked about in the last post, windfall apples from the orchard and some quince from Pennard Plants which unless you have your own growing seem to be incredibly hard to find.

All in all a very good day out.

If you’re in London or fancy a drive out, the next RHS event is the Secret Garden Sunday on the 2nd November, all details here.

Monday Plotlines

Hello Monday!  And for once I’m glad to see it. After a gloomy and cold Sunday, that saw me scurrying back from the plot after less than an hour, we have a gloriously balmy autumn day with full sun and blues skies.


This is normally the time for clearing up at the plot, a bit of out door housework if you will and whilst there’s plenty of that we also been doing plenty of planting. The garlic arrived and is now in and after a trip to a Franchi Seeds open day a couple of weeks ago Derek has sown spelt and some wheat, his new challenge post the chillies to grow and bake a loaf of bread. I have no idea how this will go, so all advice is gratefully received.

Monday Plotlines

Wow, where did that month go?  My friend Annie said yesterday that she didn’t like to ask about the lack of  blog posts in case Derek had run off with another woman!  Nothing quite so interesting I’m afraid, just a very broken computer.  It’s all fixed now, so back to normal.


The lack of on line time has meant plenty of hours on the plot enjoying the gorgeous September sunshine.  The tomatoes have gone, having finally succumbed to blight, as have the runner beans, I was in a bit too much of a hurry whilst cutting these down and managed to chop the top of my index finger. Note to self to always wear gloves when using the secateurs.  There was much blood spilt but thankfully Bob managed to save the day with his excellent first aid skills.