There’s a lovely mass of orange and red on the allotment this week with nasturtiums, Calendula and the red flowers of the climbing runner beans having a riot in the sun.
It just needs the tomatoes in the greenhouse to turn red to complete the picture but thus far they’re still very green. But the first artichoke heads are bulking up nicely.
And the first climbing French beans have been picked.
The curly kale ‘Kapral’ is in good shape and can be sown again now to provide Winter greens.
Supper last night made with onions, garlic, spinach and Maris Piper potatoes all from the allotment was a delicious Indian recipe Sag Aloo.
This image of Agapanthus was taken last year but sadly there’s not much of a show this summer with four large pots displaying just one flower in each. I fed the pots in Spring but a friend has a spectacular display and she says she never feeds. I guess too much leaf was encouraged at the expense of flowers but hey that’s gardening for you.
The cut flowers this week are an un-named hydrangea from Ikea two years ago which is doing well with Dahlia ‘Happy Days’ (a bit short in the stem to use easily) and Allium sphaerocephalum. The allium is great both in the border and in a vase but next year the bulbs will be planted behind and among medium size shrubs to give support.