A snowy Sunday

It’s been snowing, and settling, here since before 8 o’clock this morning, and shows no sign of stopping nearly six hours later.

I had a quick look round the plot before going on to the horticultural society trading shed where I was officially on duty today.

This was the view from the allotment gates looking along the road, and below is the plot.

Not surprisingly there was just a handful of people at the trading shed.  All we did apart from chat, drink tea and eat biscuits was to put up the Christmas decorations and lights ready for the party next Sunday morning.

Have a good week!

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I’ve been plotting…

the past three mornings as it’s been dry and not too cold.  I dug out, and sieved, more barrow loads of compost from one of the communal wood chip bays.  These I added to the pile by the blackberry bush which you can see in the picture.

Yesterday I rough cut round the edges of the grass paths then added the clippings to the now almost full compost heap. They make a good duvet to help keep it warm to work it’s magic.  I also did a bit of general tidying up along with some hoeing and weeding.

It’s raining this morning, and the few next days at least are going to be rather wintry with temperatures feeling no higher than zero centigrade at best so it looks like I’ll be doing plenty of armchair gardening.

Have a good weekend!

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Winter wind down

I only made a couple of quick visits to the plot during the week as although it was mostly dry there was a bitterly cold wind.

All the flowers have now finished apart from a few rather sorry looking poached egg plants, the dogwood and roses have shed their leaves and everything is looking bare and brown.

As usual through the winter months I will take a look round most days weather permitting.


Have a good week!

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Sofa reading, November 2017

I’m sure that most people read more books at this time of year and through the winter.  I also find myself making sure that I’ve plenty of library books, second-hand paperbacks and ebooks to hand.

These are Liz’s and my current bedside table choices.


Liz is about half-way through A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  She’s comments that it’s brilliantly written with well drawn characters and has had made her chuckle at times.

She’s reading it on the recommendation of one of her favourite authors, Michael Lewis, who was on a live book programme recently where he mentioned that this is his favourite book.



I’m about to start Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige, which is the first of twelve in a series of cosy crime mysteries none of which I’ve read previously.

If I enjoy it and decide to read the others they are all available as second-hand paperbacks, and ebooks,  for around £2-70($3-60).



Happy reading, and have a good weekend!

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This delightful picture…

is titled Remington the Horticulturist by American painter Charles Wysocki.

It’s been a cold and sunny weekend, but there’s some heavy rain due tomorrow followed by a few days of notably much colder weather so I’ll be doing plenty of armchair gardening.

Have a good week!

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It’s surprising to see…

Last night there was some heavy rain and high winds so this morning I looked round the plot, and the rest of the allotment site, to see if everything was okay.  Although still chilly and windy it was sunny, and thankfully I found that all was well.


It’s surprising to see the California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) still growing at this time of year.






Walking round the site I noticed these colourful leaves over by the fence-line but I’m not sure what they are so if anyone can identify them I’d be grateful.





On the way from and to home I passed this sadly now unloved and unwanted rocking horse which had been dumped.


Have a good weekend!



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On the to do list

As you can see from this photo the strawberry patch needs replanting, which should really have been done in early autumn.   I’ll be doing in early spring, weather permitting, so I almost certainly won’t get much of a harvest next year.  I’ll dig them all up, weed and prepare the area then replant no more than a dozen of the younger plants.

In the same photo you can see two clumps of crocosmia both of which now need to be dug up and some replanted.  It’s a job that I’ve put off for the past year or two and don’t really want to leave it any longer.

The clump of blue asters also needs lifting, dividing and replanting slightly further away from the dogwood.

Providing that early spring isn’t cold and wet then I’ll do all three jobs but if it is then they may well stay on the to do list for another year.

Have a good week!

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