Mostly on the way

It really came as no surprise to read that this spring was the coldest for fifty years. Little wonder that plants have been slow to grow and seeds to germinate.  There were several days of rain during the week but thankfully the forecast is for dry, sunny and warmer weather to at least the middle of next week.

Looking round the plot this morning it was good to see the following.

First early potatoes 'Vales Emerald'The first early potatoes Vales Emerald have flower buds on them. It’ll be at least another month before I’ll think about having a firkle though.

Strawberry flowers and fruitAs well as flowers there is now fruit forming on the strawberries.

Raspberry plants

It looks like it’s going to be a good year for raspberries.

Comfrey plantsThe comfrey plants are now nearly waist high and about to flower.  When they do they’ll be buzzing with honey bees.

Nemophila maculata 'Five Spot'This nemophila maculata Five Spot has self-seeded from last year.

Lastly this article, Turf wars escalate in battle for Britain’s allotments, is a thoughtful read, especially for anyone who has an allotment.

Happy gardening!

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Please note, as mentioned on Thursday, there will be a post here tomorrow about cake, and today’s one over on Sofa flying is Every day…


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29 Responses to Mostly on the way

  1. Mark Willis says:

    Yes, I think that despite the cold weather, the quality of our crops may be better this year.

  2. David Ford says:

    You want to see the height of the weeds on my allotment site Flighty the crops may be slow the cow parsley has other ideas

  3. All is looking good in the veggie patch,Flighty. Yes I think we may have good crops this year 🙂

  4. Orchardier says:

    The weather has been mainly horrendous here this last week interspersed with the odd day of sunshine and high humidity, not v. pleasant at all. Hoping June will be much nicer.

  5. CJ says:

    Interesting article; it’s such a shame that allotments are more highly valued and that enough aren’t being created. It makes me feel very lucky to have one. Yours is looking good. I am very envious of your comfrey; I have a bit in shady spot in the garden but it’s only abut a foot tall at the moment.

  6. Glo says:

    Considering your recent dismal weather, your plants are looking amazing! All the preparation you accomplished in early spring, and the pottering since, must be paying off. We had a lovely couple of weeks at the beginning of May, but since then there has been a lot of rain. Sunshine tomorrow though! Your sentence “It’ll be at least another month before I’ll think about having a firkle though.” caused me to laugh out loud. 😉

    • Flighty says:

      Glo hello. Yes at this time of year a few good days really does make a difference to how everything looks. I’ve spent more time plotting this year so would hope that it’ll pay off. Fingers crossed that we both get plenty of sunshine from now on. Some people say furtle, but either way it’s something that potatoes growers look forward to doing. It’s like digging for buried treasure, and great fun. Take care. xx

  7. elaine says:

    Good heavens – flowers on the potatoes already! You are right though after the slow start everything is going great guns now.

  8. menhir1 says:

    With March being exceptionally cold in the UK in 2013, the average temperatures for all of Spring were about 6 degrees Celsius, I think. This makes it the coldest Spring for 50 years, as you say. Your growing levels are about where ours usually are. the knock on effect is that we are later too, but a bit more than even we expected. Still, a few flowers are springing forth and it is looking hopeful. xx

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir despite that it looks like being a really good year for some things.
      I’m sure that the coming weeks will make up for the poor spring. xx

  9. Jo says:

    I can well believe that it’s been the coldest spring for fifty years. A few more days like we’ve got today and most things should catch up. I’ve had a quick skim of the allotments article but shall go back and have a proper read, it looks like the same old story, allotments being pushed aside to make way for other things. When is it going to be recognised how important allotments are to people, not only for food production but for their mental and physical wellbeing too?

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I don’t mind a few weeks but following the winter we had it really made it a to long a bad period.
      As you say it’s the same old story, and one that we’ll keep reading about sadly. Such considerations don’t seem to count with the powers that be unfortunately. xx

  10. nikkipolani says:

    A cold as it’s been, I’m surprised you’ve got as much growth. But, then, it IS June! Hopefully, the long wintry weather won’t have damaged your crops too much.

    Sad to read about allotments getting edged out. Wasn’t it not all that long ago that there was an article about the long wait for allotments?!

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki yes it is surprising isn’t it. It is indeed, so let’s hope that we get plenty of sunny, warm days to make up for it. Probably no damage but some things will have done better than others.
      Yes there’s nearly always stories about long waits for plots. The problem now is that the present government and many local councils simply aren’t interested in amenities like allotments and would rather sell them off if they could. xx

  11. snowbird says:

    It’s really odd isn’t it, but after all the dismal cold weather I’m seeing lots of fruit setting on my trees and fruit bushes…’s a little early to say, but fingers crossed we all get a bumper crop. I seem to be at the same stage as you now.xxxx

    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird yes it looks like we could actually be thankful for the cold spring if we do get good fruit crops. It all catches up fairly quickly doesn’t it. xx

  12. Everything’s looking good, Flighty. I’m hoping for a good raspberry crop too, although didn’t do too badly last year despite the dismal weather. I’m more excited to see lots of fruitlets on my apple tree!

    I read that article from The Guardian a few days ago. Isn’t it sad that the benefits of growing your own is so devalued and dismissed.

  13. wellywoman says:

    After the cold spring it’s nice to be finally seeing some warmth. I think it could be a very good year for fruit, so fingers crossed. I read that article too. So sad and seems at odds with what is really going on. Don’t understand why we give protection to buildings for their historic value but our allotments are treated with such disdain. They are as much part of our unique heritage as some fancy manor house.

    • Flighty says:

      Welly yes it sure is. I hope that your right.
      I agree with all you say but unfortunately it’s just seen as land that could possibly be sold to developers. xx

  14. I found that article rather depressing. I am grateful for the warmer weather now, the plants are galloping along, the broad beans are groaning with flowers which is encouraging, and the mange tout are flowering too. Here’s hoping for a good harvest for us all this year, despite the late start.

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