Monday, September 21

Victoria was succeeded by Marjorie

No I'm not trying to rewrite British history, I'm referring to plums. After a bumper harvest of Victoria plums we are now picking the variety Marjorie's seedling. There are still some Victoria plums left in the tree but most are out of reach and so will be left to the wasps and whatever else fancies a nibble.

Marjorie's seedling isn't as prolific but tasty nonetheless and to be honest we couldn't cope with a repeat of the Victoria bounty.
Martyn has been digging up potatoes. All of the ones above were planted in holes through weed control membrane and then just left to get on with growing with no further support from us. Martyn posted about them here. This at best has proved to us that there is no detrimental effects from growing potatoes in this way, in fact maybe in such a dry season the fabric has helped maintain some moisture.  We don't water potatoes so they have to survive on whatever nature sends them.

The annual flower bed is still looking lovely and has provided a few flowers for the house.
These were supplemented with some crocosmia, daisies and verbena from another bed on the plot. I've stopped dead heading now so no doubt the flowers will soon go over.

Last week I planted out some wallflowers, sweet rocket and sweet Williams which should hopefully provide some earlier colour next year.

The tomatoes are now ripening well.
We are now harvesting sweetcorn which is certainly earning its name. The kernels are so sweet that any stripped cobs soon attract a wasp's attention and it will browse on any remnants for hours. It was enjoying its meal so much that it was oblivious to Martyn taking its photo.

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28 comments:

  1. Another good harvest Sue. Those seedlings look incredibly healthy and should be providing with come welcome colour next year.

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  2. Sweet corn must be really hard to grow there as you don't really get that hot. But then I think of tomatoes the same way and you grow those well enough. Lovely harvests.

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    1. We seem to do okay with sweetcorn, Daphne. It's down to buying a variety that suits our climate.

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  3. Glad to see your larger tomatoes are ripening well now. I picked another seven pounds yesterday and they're still coming, such a great harvest we've had this year. Your flowers are so pretty, I like the addition of verbena.

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    1. The verbena is quite messy when it starts to drop, Jo so you have to be careful where you put the vase.

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  4. Another fantastic harvest, my sweetcorn has failed miserably this year it will be touch & go if I bother growing it next year. I'm glad your bigger tomatoes have started ripening for you I think we will be pulling ours up next week x

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    1. We have a block of about 30 plants 6 x 5 and Jo each time I go past them once the male flowers are dropping pollen I shake them just in case the wind doesn't do the job.

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  5. You have a terrific variety of fruits and vegetables coming out of your allotment, as usual, it's lovely.

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    1. We like to grow a wide variety of things, Michelle this way if something fails one year there is usually something else that does well.

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  6. Lovely harvest, Sue! Lots of fruits there! The only fruit that I picked this week is vermillion cherry.

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    1. I bet your cherry was delicious though, Endah

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  7. One of the plum trees I planted last year was Marjorie, I look forward to having a harvest of even a handful! Maybe in a couple of years. Interesting about the potatoes, I am tempted to try it myself next year, I had problems with blackbirds digging up the earth around mine this year and exposing the tubers. I still got an excellent crop, but it should have been better!

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    1. It did work for us, Janet. It's a case of just cutting a cross in the fabric and then using a trowel to plant the tubers as deeply as possible and then leaving it to nature.

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  8. I liked your vase Sue. Very nice flowers and I saw there Limonium, am I right?
    Your crop is wonderful especially I surprised that you have berries till September, great!

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    1. I think I see what you think looks like limonium, Nadezda. Is it the blue on the left? That is just a blue corn flower taken sideways on which makes it look quite different.

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  9. You have a very productive garden, I'm impressed. It's very interesting that your plums are elongated, I've only ever seen round ones around or at the shops.

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    1. Our greengages are round, Phuong Shops also have round ones some of which are quite large

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  10. Great harvest Sue, always impressed with photos from your allotment :-)
    I am all finished, my last Victoria plums were taken more than a month ago and the last tomatoes are all eaten too – I am just waiting for my FOUR sweet peppers to ripen!

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    1. Now that most of the fruit has been picked the harvests will dwindle Helene. We are waiting for peppers ripen too,

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  11. What bounty Sue! I love to see it all laid out like that! Good tip for potato growing, might try that next year, so thank you!
    I have also just planted out sweet williams, wallflowers and Sweet Rocket, all grown from seed.They should produce a good show.
    Love your annual bed, you still have lots of colour !

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    1. The slugs had two lots of sweet William seedlings Jane sp we didn't end up with many plants so I have left last years lot in too

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  12. I have been overrun with plums this year too, it has been a great year for them. Your harvest is fantastic, interesting to hear how the taters did under the weed control. The cut flowers have really done well this year!xxx

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    1. Maybe they should learn to always flower late Dina,

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  13. I'm hoping to plant a couple more fruit trees in the gardens here, Sue, so I'm glad you mentioned Marjorie's Seedling. The Victoria plum trees here gave just 3 fruit this year but at least that's a start! I'm hoping for greater harvests next year …

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    1. Our yellow plum Oullins Gagedoes well too Caro and is also delicious,. This is its year of rest after being loaded last year. Have yiu considered a greengage? They are really sweet,

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  14. Beautiful harvests - I can almost taste that sweet corn! Those plums are such an interesting shape.

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    1. The shape is usual to us Margaret :-)

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