Friday, November 27

Winter pots

We decided to plant up a couple of pots for winter/early spring display. If nothing else it was a good excuse to browse at the garden centre and buy more plants.

For the first pot we bought skimmia - Finchy as the centrepiece. The evergreen leaves and white buds add immediate interest and then in spring the clusters of small, white, perfumed flowers will open.
We added three heathers - Marleen , some violas - Morpho and an unnamed ivy to trail down the front. All this was underplanted with white narcissi - Tresamble and purple tulips - Cum Laude.
I did wonder whether I should have bought yellow narcissi to compliment the violas but this didn't occur to me until we were home. Never mind white will pick up the skimmia flowers.

In the other tub we planted two erythronimum - Pagoda, three allium - Ivory Queen and one larger allium - Everest.
The pot was topped off with more of the violas.
Other than a bit of dead-heading that's our part played and now it's up to them.

Wednesday, November 25

Budding performers

Friday, November 20

A pleasant surprise

On 27 September I planted our autumn onion sets and garlic.

After a while it looked as though something had dug up all the sets and cloves and after deciding against replanting we resigned ourselves to a crop failure.

We haven't been visiting the plot as much recently and in out absence unexpected things had been happening.
 The garlic and onions haven't been dug up after all.

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett

Wednesday, November 18

Watching flowers in the rain

Monday, November 16

Mums the word this week

We managed a plot visit this week but only in order to harvest some fresh vegetables.

We have been watching War on Waste presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and I am afraid that neither our parsnips nor our carrots would pass muster and would be consigned to the rubbish dump. The supermarkets would consider them too small and ugly.

In fact most of what we grow would be too large, too small, too wonky or the wrong colour. Have you ever looked at an apple and thought "Oh dear that is too red, it will have to be composted" ? No neither have I but the supermarkets do!

Is this fussiness confined to UK supermarkets or are other parts of the world just as wasteful?
Well our vegetables may not suit the supermarkets but what they lack in commercially accepted beauty they make up for in taste. Amazingly taste doesn't seem to feature on the supermarket check list.

We harvested out first beetroots of the season. They were sown rather late but have produced reasonable sized roots.

Last year I wrote a post about keeping pot mums after they had finished flowering and then planting on the plot.
Last year during autumn we transferred them to the garden greenhouse and they provided a few cut flowers. In spring they were replanted in the plot where they made fairly large plants. This year, once the plot greenhouse was emptied of tomatoes, the plants were again planted in large boxes and taken inside.

I haven't disbudded them - which would have produced large flowers - so now they are producing lots of spray chrysanthemums.

I was lacking a white and a bronze variety and so when I spotted a white pot mum at the supermarket, it made its way into my trolley. So far my search for a bronze flowered plant has been fruitless.

Wednesday, November 11

Autumn medlar

 Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett