said a fellow allotmenteer who I rarely see and speak to even less. I looked up from weeding to see him standing on the roadway looking at the plot and replied Mmm, lots of vegetables too. I could see his rather quizzical look as from where he was standing all he could see were the onions. He wandered off towards his own plot which, being the serious vegetable grower that he is, has no flowers on it.
I took a break when I looked round and wondered just how many plants were in flower. It’s at least 15 – borage (blue), california poppies (orange), chicory (blue), cornflowers (blue and pink), crocosmia (red), dahlia (white/pink), love-in-a-mist (blue and white), nasturtiums ( orange, red and yellow), pot marigolds ( cream, orange, red and yellow), phacelia (purple), poppies (purple and red), roses (apricot and white), sunflowers (red and yellow), sweet peas (blue, red and white) and veitch (yellow). Another handful have been and gone, and there’s still more to come.