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meditations of a wild woods & allotment gardener: one year on, the story of our shack

It’s two years exactly to the day when we first took on our plot nestled along the railway tracks edging to Hampstead Heath.  The end of end-of-May Bank Holiday 2018.  We’ve come a long way since then. Here’s a story … Continue reading

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meditations of a wild woods & allotment gardener: getting buggy

I’m in the dog house – behind on the big guy’s photographs. These are a few of the recent shots taken on the various plots.  This one is a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Oregon’s plot, taken mid-week. Apparently the butterflies … Continue reading

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the plot thickens…

It seemed a good thing to do – to offer to do some weeding and tending at a friend’s allotment plot, given that she’s locked in during coronavirus.  But wow!  What a lot of extra work. Given a chance weeds … Continue reading

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hard graft & some progress

It’s been a surprisingly busy few days.  I reached out to a fellow allotment holder and neighbour to see if she was ok.  Hadn’t seen sign of her for a while…  She’s a former colleague in the fight to save … Continue reading

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future fruits..

Everything abounds at the allotment, though yesterday we were puzzled by the absence of the robin, who we suspect was off on some other plot searching worms on overturned ground. The main water connection has been fixed for all the … Continue reading

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shady spots in the back patch

Under the large cherry tree in the back patch – which stands over 60 feet high and casts considerable shade – we have developed a nice looking flower bed.  Shade under trees makes for really tough conditions as shade almost … Continue reading

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new butterfly spotting: Small Tortoiseshell

Yesterday was cool and fairly grey.  The winds came down but it was a nippy, unwelcoming day. After a slow start morning we did a quick tidy in the back growing patch – planting in three new plugs of artichoke … Continue reading

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update on the back patch

The woods group convened to work at great distance from one another the other day, and we got a lot of tidying and trimming accomplished, with bags already with the neighbour for the council’s green waste collection. Chris and Robert … Continue reading

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toil & cares rewarded

I cut this vase of flowers on Sunday afternoon for my beloved, and we took the photo this morning (Tuesday 12 May).  Both this delicately fragrant long-stemmed pink rose and the blue flag iris are growing along the railway path … Continue reading

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chilly days and first harvests

It’s been quite cool – with threats of morning frosts and daytime temperatures of 10 degrees or so.  Which feels chilly after days in the 20s, but fairly sunny all the same – despite the strong gale force winds. Between … Continue reading

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