Starting with A

This is the first of a series of occasional posts that will be a sort of plot A to Z.  I say a sort of as that will then allow me wander off the plot if I want to!

So starting with A Flighty’s plot is an allotment, which I’ve now had for over three years,  which has provided me with such pleasure and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to come.

Grown just for show are this globe artichoke on the wild patchand small clumps of Jerusalem artichokes at each end of the plot.

One of the perennial flowers that will be among the first to flower next spring are some aquilegias, which are always a welcome sight.

Last week Martin, a retired Sunday shed helper, very kindly gave me this aster novi belgii Lady in BlueIt’s a small variety and once it’s finished flowering I shall replant it out into the ground.

With further frosts and rain during last week the only plant still in full flower is the lovely white aster (Michaelmas daisy)At home yesterday I took this photo of the golden leaves on one of the trees out back which looked wonderful in the autumn sunshine.

AddendumGlo has generously awarded me an A+ for this post!




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14 Responses to Starting with A

  1. Damo says:

    Lovely post Flighty, I suppose allotments are A lot of hard work!

  2. VP says:

    A very good idea Flighty and I look forward to seeing B-Z 🙂

  3. nikkipolani says:

    A — what a great place to start. I’ve been wanting to see what your artichokes looked like since you’re letting them bloom.

  4. Glo says:

    I’ve posted a little picture I made for your “A+” post ~

  5. Jo says:

    A for Allotment is a great place to start. There’s plenty on your allotment to write about beginning with A. I love Asters, they seem to bloom for a really long period and they’re still going strong well in to autumn too. I look forward to reading the rest of your alphabet posts.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo thanks, and as I commented to Nikki it’s also an easy start but will get harder!
      Good for you as many people don’t like them, and at this time of year I think that they’re especially worth having. xx

  6. Mas says:

    What incredible photos (and a wonderful idea!); are your artichokes edible? (One of my first trips to the USA saw me trying a globe artichoke (I think it was globe) for the first time, which was really nice — although they were the size of a pineapple or something. (I think you boiled it or steamed it or something)
    I have to say I love the colours of the leaves this time of year — it’s wonderful seeing them; even if it is as a windfallen carpet rather than gracing the branches.
    Thank you for sharing — roll on B onwards (I can see some creative thinking might have to come into play for some of the letters — well — unless the “latin” for the plants fits)

    • Flighty says:

      Mas yes both artichokes are edible! It’s the young buds of globe artichokes and the tubers of Jerusalem artichokes that are cooked and eaten. I’m not keen on either so I just grow a few on the plot as they are both such impressive plants.
      It’s certainly been a wonderful colourful autumn!
      Yes I think you’re right that some letters are going to be rather a challenge, and will require a certain amount of creativity!

  7. Doris says:

    That A+ was brilliant! And I am looking forward to the whole alphabet.

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