Part-time plotting

The temperature over the past few days has been in the low 30’s C/90’s F, which is way too warm for me, so I’ve been going to the plot early for a brief visit to check the water in the ponds.  I’ve also been picking French beans most days along with blackberries.  I also picked the first two small, dumpy cucumbers (variety not known) and  tomatoes Golden Sunrise.

In all the years I’ve been seeing ring-necked parakeets I’ve never found any of their feathers until a few days ago when I found this one, which is just over 5 in/ 12.5 cm long.  The green is far more vibrant than it shows in the photo, as is the yellow top edge.

Talking of parakeets I stood and watched five of them noisily mobbing a red kite flying low over the site one morning.

Most of the cosmos plants have now died off with only a few still flowering like this one.

I’ve saved lots of seeds for next year when hopefully Cosmos Corner won’t be covered in deep, wide cracks as it is at present.

Have a good week, and take care!

Author: Flighty

...allotmenteer, armchair gardener, blogger and sofa flying book buff.

25 thoughts on “Part-time plotting”

  1. I must admit that I’m ready for a little cooler weather now, there’s a small amount of rain in our forecast tomorrow and Tuesday so we’ll see if that materialises. Oh, just look at that feather. I’ve never seen a parakeet in the wild, though I think they’ve now ventured as far north as Leeds. Nice to be adding home grown cucumber and tomato to the menu.

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  2. How long have parakeets roamed free in the UK? I don’t remember them as other than caged house pets when I was growing up.
    Yes, 90+F is far too hot. The cucumbers will be refreshing.

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    1. Liz since the 1970’s when some either escaped or were released in west London. Since then they’ve bred and spread rapidly.
      It sure is. Yes, they have been. xx

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  3. I love the feather – I would love to see one up close as there are parakeets where I live in South East London – I heard years ago that some escaped from a bird sanctuary in Kent (near Eynsford) during the 80s! I love how there are various stories to explain their existence in various areas of London. Enjoy your plot pickings! xx

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    1. Rebecca I’d like to find an all green feather. It’s generally accepted that most are descendants of ones that either escaped or were released in west London during the 1970’s, since when they’re bred and spread prolifically.
      Thanks, I will. xx

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      1. Oh, I understand about the 70’s situation as a result of plane debris damaging an aviary at Syon Park, but here in Eltham, folklore for our parakeet population goes back to the 80s when parakeets escaped from a local bird sanctuary in Kent. It’s the only story I have ever heard and the only one I have heard from the locals xx

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    1. Heather hello and thanks, you too. Fingers crossed. So do I, but I don’t come across many.
      I’ll enjoy catching up on your posts going back to when you restarted posting late last year, and add your blog back to my various following lists. Take care. xx

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  4. What a gorgeous feather. My cosmos are holding on, but definitely a bit straggly on the whole. The tomatoes should do well though in this heat. And your cucumbers look good. I didn’t bother this year as they rarely do well for me, but home grown ones really are in a different league. CJ xx

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  5. I hope your weekend has been a pleasant one. Your cropping on the plot looks and sounds very useful. Those little fat cucumbers look very much like the type that are used for pickling with Dill as are found in E. Europe. They’re also good for fine slicing for a continental cucumber salad. xx

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  6. That is amazing that a parakeet feather finally dropped in your plot. But maybe not so unusual! While the history of Mexican parrots in our area is murkier, we’ve had them for decades as well — and nary a feather have I seen.

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    1. Nikki they are resident in the trees which border the allotments and I generally see some most days I’m on the plot. Mind you there are some other birds I see almost daily and never find any of their feathers either. xx

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