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July 27, 2016

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.

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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.

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And the first climbing French beans have been picked.

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The curly kale ‘Kapral’ is in good shape and can be sown again now to provide Winter greens.

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Supper last night made with onions, garlic, spinach and Maris Piper potatoes all from the allotment was a delicious Indian recipe Sag Aloo.

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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.

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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. DSCN7047

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2016 9:07 am

    I read somewhere that Agapanthus need water in August/September to produce flowers the following year so I usually water mine then and it seems to have improved their flowering although I know mine need dividing which I’ll do this autumn. Love the sound of the recipe.

    • July 27, 2016 9:11 am

      Thanks Christina-I’ve made a note in my diary and will be sure to give them plenty of water. The recipe was recommended by a friend who said that it’s so good she eats left-overs for breakfast!!

  2. July 27, 2016 9:39 am

    Lovely sunny combination of yellows and oranges and a delicious sounding recipe, thank you. Thank you both for the sound agapanthus tips!

  3. July 27, 2016 9:46 am

    Yes both tips worthy of passing on.

  4. July 27, 2016 1:48 pm

    I’m amazed at the difference between your garden and mine – my nasturtiums (normally so glorious right up until the first frosts) seem to be on the way out, as is the calendula, the astrantias have faded, ditto with the scabious. Calendula, also looking fabulous among the nasturtiums just two weeks ago, is now turning to seed and the ox-eye daisies are looking dreadful, practically dead looking! I think it was the extreme heat of a couple of weeks ago – 95F!!! – which plants just can’t acclimatise to with any speed. It’s the same story at the allotments, artichokes are now flowering or cut down and yet french beans only just starting to bean up. It feels like a very hit and miss summer – I’m not sure I’m enjoying the ride at all!!

  5. July 27, 2016 2:27 pm

    Hi Caro, It’s strange the way nature runs a different course in different parts of the country. But I did notice that the temperature in London was several degrees higher than here in that heatwave. Incidentally I’m back to having difficulty leaving messages on your blog but I enjoy reading them enormously and will try again.

  6. July 27, 2016 11:01 pm

    Exactly the same experience here with Agapanthus. Last year’s wonderful clump of nine blooms has been halved this year.

  7. July 28, 2016 7:59 am

    Yes disappointing but I’ll follow the advice to water well in late summer and hope for more blooms next year.

  8. August 2, 2016 8:22 am

    Great photos. Wonderful color! Another serving of sag aloo, please. All about life with the allotment plants. Life! Amazing! Thank you for sharing it!

  9. August 2, 2016 8:27 am

    Yes simple pleasures and an essential reminder in the light of world wide atrocities.

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