Thursday, 1 May 2014

Allotment round up

It has been over a month since I last showed you the allotment. I have been busy there and still plenty to do. The potatoes are now all planted, broad beans are flowering and the rhubarb is mighty! We have been harvesting it regularly now and have given some to neighbours. There is just so much of it.orange tulips rhubarb orange tulips My beautiful orange tulips have gone over since taking these pictures. They were such a great contrast against the green shed. I have a pink Fairy rambling rose to plant this weekend to hopefully scramble over our little shed and attract the bees. allotment plot The currants are in full flower although they are hard to see, delicate pale green and by July will be dripping in red jewelled fruits. Such a great producer, we will have currants all summer long.currant flowers The allotment site is still looking a little bare as you cast your eye across from the main gate but May will be a busy month of rapid growth and things will soon change. There are suddenly lots of new people with plots, many are families which is super duper and I hope the dynamic of our allotments will change. All hands on deck clearing up neglected plots, little hands helping dig, sow seeds and make mud pies. Tonight there were some boys charging around and it was a breath of fresh air. Laughter tinkled across the cabbages and around the apple trees.allotments in April tulip macro orange tulips Cheshire allotments
I have two blueberries in flower, I lost one over the winter which was annoying as it was a gift from my father. I moved them to the allotment from my decking area at home as Little Bird pulled off all the flowers last year, so inviting are the little pinky bells and hence we had no fruit. This year I am more hopeful as he doesn't come with me to the allotment that much (although I'd like this to change) so the blueberries might have a chance.blueberry flowers The weeds appear as quickly as I pull them out. Row after row digging Couch Grass out and Mares Tail. The odd dandelion is the least of my worries and is welcome to stay.dandelionI'll be there this weekend planting celery and getting DB to do a few tip runs as I have so many weeds that the composter cannot accommodate them. It is quite warm too so the watering trips have started. The cabbages need netting and the broad beans staking. Busy times for May but then we can sit back and enjoy the wait for all the yummy produce.

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40 comments:

Carrie L said...

How lovely to have an allotment, it's such a long waiting list around us that I just have to get my veggie fill when I visit my parents home!!

Keri-Anne said...

I love your door wreath! So pretty. I loved april too but so happy it is may! May day celebrations and warmer weather (hopefully!!!) x

AnnieMammasaurus said...

oooo so lovely to see everything coming on - I know what you mean about how fast things progress, there seems to have been a huge change in the gardens over the past fortnight - it''ll all have changed again come the end of May! I drive past allotments every day when I take the kids to school and think of yours :)


Thank you for joining in again x

citygirl101 said...

Those orange tulips are stunning. So nice to hear that the allotments are being put to good use

Gemma Garner said...

There's so much going on at your allotment, when do you sleep? ;) Would love to have blueberries in the garden. Yum!

laura redburn said...

april went so fast, i can't believe it! love all your little bits and bobs.

Foz said...

Those cupcakes are so cute!! Must admit I love May too!

Jen Walshaw said...

Your wreath was amazing. Fabulous. April was an amazing month

Philippa Tyrer said...

How lovely that there are lots of families using the allotments. I love your photos, even the dandelion looks nice!

Globalmouse said...

Aw I love all your lovely Spring things! I am a big fan of April too but I do long for some proper warmth so can't wait for the Summer.

lilmuselily said...

wow! you have a lot to take care of! that is a very large space. and you are right, the orange tulips against the green are just beautiful!

hannah staveley said...

Awww looks at the cupcakes so cute .x

Polly Davies said...

looks like you had a great April!

Merlinda Little said...

Everything is so freah and flourishing! #HDYGG

The 40 Year Old DG said...

What a fabulous idea to have a spring wreath on your door. Great post xx

Michelle Ordever said...

Everything is just so gorgeous - I adore the wreath on the front door - beautiful. And the cakes - so pretty! xx

lisa prince said...

I had quite a nice april but i am hoping we have an even beter may x

Charly Dove said...

Oh my word there is so much happening at your allotment! How fabulous, it looks amazing - especially love those tulips, just wonderful :)

Jane George said...

it sounds like such a lot is going on and so much work! I keep thinking about an allotment but that workload on top of everthing else scares me off...good for you how inspiring! Love that orange tulip x

Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

We've had a lovely April and Easter too! Can't believe how quickly it has gone! Have a lovely May x

Kirsty Hornblow said...

I can't believe it is May already! Easter was so late this year that this Bank Holiday is going to completely sneak up on me! Your beautiful and colourful plants and wreath have inspired me - I must get to the garden centre this weekend and start hanging baskets and finish planting seeds :-)

You Baby Me Mummy said...

I don't understand how it can be May already. Lovely post I love April and May too, so much expectation x

pinkoddy said...

Happy May - this is a much better month - it's my birthday! and blossom and pretty things.

Jenny said...

I am enjoying Spring so much this year and the garden is looking so pretty.

Katie Bedlow said...

I can't believe it's here already, but bring it on May! Spring has been beautiful so far, let's hope it continues (after this soggy week anyway!) Love that Easter Wreath, enjoy them for another weekend, why not!

emmasouthlondon.wordpress.com said...

What stunning photos of your allotment!
Those vivid orange tulips look so vibrant with the water butt as a backdrop!
The sad story of your blueberries being all removed when in flower remind me of a time when, as a very little girl, I did the same to my mother's tomatoes… Oh dear - that minor disaster is still engrained in my mind!
Emma :-)

Leanne (@suggys.co.uk/Leanne) said...

Your allotment sounds and looks great, cant wait to see the Produce it brings you :) #HDYGG

Sarah Bailey said...

I can't believe it is May already where has this year gone - I love your door wreath :) x

Michelle Ordever said...

I always fancied an allotment - haven't grown our own for years now :( #HDYYG

bettynz said...

What a great idea for gardens! Love the tulips and am so happy that you have enough to share!

Kara said...

This year is going so fast. I love your wooden bunny, its adorable

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

Your tulips are looking so pretty! Isn't it great seeing all the vegetables growing well! x #HDYGG

New Mum Online said...

I feel like I just had a tour of your home and how very beautiful it is. You've made me regret that we did not decorate for Easter. How truly lovely your pics are. Thank you for sharing and letting us into your world.
Liska x

KeepUpJonesFamily said...

Happy May! We always decorate for Easter too... I fell in love with your daffodil wreath, it's gorgeous!

Helen said...

Adore this post. So many pretty photos. This year is flying by.

Michelle Ashmore said...

Awww I love that little fairy! Your door wreath is gorgeous and that little dog ornament is so cute :)

savvywendy said...

I think it is great more families are joining in and getting allotements. Lovely pictures, can't wait to see more of how it is all growing x

savvywendy said...

Aww beautiful decorations . Happy May to you :) x

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

You've just summed up exactly how I feel at this time of year x x

bericebaby said...

Love Love Love!!
The cupcake decorations are so cute - My goodness!

Lotte xo
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