Category Archives: allotment journal

celebrating sunflowers & stuff to do with willow boughs

Our sunflowers have finally come into bloom. Yippee! Despite the slugs and snails devastating many of my early sunflower seedlings, a few managed to brave it out and are finally in full bloom. We’ve got sunflowers sprinkled just about everywhere … Continue reading

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feeling plummy

It’s plum harvesting season on the plots.  We don’t have a tree on our plot, but many others do. Earlier this summer we harvested greengage plums from the bottom plot we’ve been keeping an eye on for the nice couple … Continue reading

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high hopes for Echium

Earlier this summer.. or was it spring..?  Probably late May, the big dude did a wander through the plots to the end – looking for foxes and butterflies and what-not – and spied an end plot that had absolutely magnificent … Continue reading

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July’s over…

July ended with a mini-heatwave.  We arrived at the start of this week and simply had to photograph the temperature – partly to prove to ourselves it really was over 36º – and this from the thermometer installed on the … Continue reading

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blooms out back

The back patch gardens are left to take care of themselves with very little attention given, now that we’re constantly heading to the allotment. But that’s not a problem really, as most of the back patch planting is of perennials … Continue reading

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beautiful, beguiling butterflies

At the plot we’re waiting for things to grow…   It’s all looking lush and bountiful.  Alas there have been disappointments and failures too.  Due to the cool conditions this summer, things are taking a little time to get going. … Continue reading

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plot developments elsewhere…

Our work at M’s plot has really paid off – she’s back at it, so as the big guy says, ‘Mission accomplished.’  She came up with us after working with the woods volunteers, and returned on her own to go … Continue reading

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other July fliers..

It’s not all just about butterflies.  Another interesting event we witnessed up at the plot was evidence of ‘Flying Ant Day.’  There were at least two nests we witnessed erupting into activity as a new queen ant took to the … Continue reading

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butterfly bonanza

The Big Butterfly Count started on Friday.  Organisers say it’s the world’s largest butterfly survey. This is another fantastic citizen science project, and taking part is easy: find a sunny spot and spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies you see … Continue reading

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foxy update

The allotment foxes look to be in good health this summer. This guy appears youthful and was just chilling up on F’s plot last week by her spectacular Mullein plants. He’s not our bare-tailed chap, who we’ve not seen about … Continue reading

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