Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I haven’t forgotten that I’ve got an allotment and BLOG, it’s just that we’ve been so busy with friends visiting and family gatherings, I’ve just not been able to keep up with it all! Regrettably I’ve not been able to do any more on the allotment, but have managed to clear some more dead sweet peas from the garden, plant some daffodils and get some bargain perennials for £1 each at a local nursery!

The passion flowers have been fantastic this year and there are lots of ripe fruit on them now. This one was already partly open when I came to photograph it, but I’m not sure whether it had split open, or something had helped it!

The Clematis armandii which I thought I’d killed after flowering back in April is actually in flower this week! (Look closely!)Is this global warming on action I wonder?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Had rather a domestic day Saturday as I managed to get the washing dry outdoors, the second bed weeded and made 6 pounds of ginger & marrow chutney! Love it when a plan comes together. The weeding took me 90 minutes solid and was rather boring, as I had forgotten to take my new digital wind up radio with me! (birthday present from WWDD as my old one was worn out!)
I think most of the weeds were broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) whose seeds apparently contain a chemical that inhibits microbial decay and are capable of surviving in undisturbed soil for over 50 years! Eeek I’d better not let them establish!