A sunny Saturday stroll on the Allotment

Fancy a wander up to the allotment on a sunny Saturday morning?

Saturday morning’s are filled with the sound of lawnmowers, during the week I hear the kids in the nearby school playground, in the evenings there is less rush more of a gentle pace to the sounds of life around me as the day draws to a close, a stillness settling in for the night. But early mornings are my favourite, they bring the promise of a new day.

The first sight that greets me is a wall of peas – they are in their full flush of growth, with pods fattening up, tendrils twining and a few late flowers blooming

And on down the central path that divides my plot, the straw/paper/grass mulches I laid down earlier in the season are gradually disappearing under canopy of green – of courgettes and squash plants interspersed with the bright shouts of their yellow flowers.

There are lavender plants and nasturtiums tumbling and trailing over the paths

Beetroot leaves glistening in the early morning light, packed in tightly alongside lettuce, dwarf beans and radish, a palette of ruby-reds and greeny-yellows. The teeny seeds and seedlings that were once so tiny no longer look dwarfed by the scale of my allotment.

Drops of rain from the overnight rainshower still linger on some of the leaves and flowers. The Chards have a translucency in the sun

As I wander with my camera in hand I focus in on the small and seemingly unimportant, take time to notice the details, like the depth of colour of the potato flowers.

Wandering around on sunny days I’m able to capture the details, focus in on the minutiae of plant life. I can see the veins and teeny peas in this pod. isn’t it a thing of beauty?

As foliage fills out I get to peer under the leaves to spot the secrets and the bounty that is hidden even camouflaged. Maybe a cucumber developing or a beetroot ready to pick

I spend the majority of my time looking down and underneath, sometimes on my belly looking for a better photo or angle, at soil level is where most of the activity goes on, but sometimes I remember to look up and I see blue sky, fluffy white clouds and pea tendrils reaching out to who knows where.

And as I potter around the plot I knock, rub past foliage or stop to linger over the musky scent of sweet peas. There are the frothy fronds of fennel, moving gently in the breeze, acid-green in the early morning sunlight promising of flavour to come.

I see climbing bean plants twisting and turning up poles with spiders webs glistening in the light.

I stop and listen, I can hear the bees and the buzzies are out and about enjoying the warmth and the pollen. And as the day warms up I hear crickets in the long grass, their tickety-tick of their legs quieting as I pass.

All the photos are taken with my DLR, they are as they are, the only adjustments I make are to re-size them for the blog and a teeny bit of judicious cropping, to centre or focus on an image. It is as it is. It’s what you see – there is no primping and preening, the weeds are there as are the nibbled leaves, the wonky trellis, the black compost sacks now full of weeds.

I realise there are quite a lot of photos, but it’s been a while since I’ve taken you all up to see the allotment, and besides the sun was shining. And there’s still more to see, like the Kohl Rabi or the Cornichons (Gherkins) but they can wait for another day and maybe a recipe.

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79 thoughts on “A sunny Saturday stroll on the Allotment

  1. That was so much fun. There´s something very special about the light where you are – everything here looks so dry and washed out, your beautiful photos are so vibrant! And so much going on too…. :)

    • Thank you Tanya for your kind words. I try and show warts and all but I keep selecting the macro shots!! I need to play a bit more with landscapes so you can get a better sense of the place. Oh well you’ll see it for yourself soon :)

    • Thank you, it’s a pleasure to share. And yes it’s another wonderful sunny day, I hope to get up to the plot late afternoon/early evening to water the tomatoes and maybe pick a lettuce for supper. Hope you have a super week too!

  2. Thank you for the blue sky photo Claire! I feel happy just reading your posts. We are at a typhoon number 8 here in HK right now. Still have power so life is good but I haven’t seen a blue sky except for your website in months.
    It would be so cool if you could put a video camera on that plant with the vine and fast forward it to show it growing. That is a great shot!
    Take care,
    BAM

    • a pleasure to share some blue sky – there’s more to come today ;)
      I’ve often thought about trying to capture things growing – I’ve tried with seeds germinating but now you’ve planted a seed ( :) )in my mind about the tendrils on various plants…. hmm I wonder if I could capture them growing…..

  3. Thank you for taking us along. I love how a camera can bring us closer in to nature. The viewfinder helps us zoom in on details we’d otherwise pass over. My favorite photo is the one with the single pea pod.. the curling vine beneath is so delicate. I think it would be pretty framed in your kitchen :) xx Smidge

    • Hi Smidge, and thank you for your positivity, I sometimes wonder about framing a few photos, but that’s all I ever get round to! We have a few around the house, from trips abroad, but I’d like to find another way to use the photos. I need to wear an imagination-thinking cap!

  4. There’s beauty everywhere you look in your garden. Thank you for sharing these pictures for those of us without the resources to see them for ourselves.

    • My pleasure, I realise that I’m very fortunate to be able to have the allotment and be able to grow some food to suplement our diets, and so the real bonus is sharing some of it on here. Thank you :)

  5. A lot of photos? Hardly when they are as nice to view as these were. Take and share as many as you like, Claire. I’ll never complain — unless you stop.

  6. I love the pictures from your garden, Claire, and you could never share too many for my interest! Then fennel is so pretty and airy. And I love the lettuces and kale, too. It’s too hot for me to grow them just now, but just seeing them in all their glory causes me to think about getting ready for the fall bed! You beautifully describe the rhythms, and I just relax and imagine myself right there with you :-) Debra

    • Somedays it is so relaxing to be there Debra – when everything just seems ideal, of course there are days when it’s not as pretty, or as peaceful but I relish those that are beautiful. And I love the fennel too, the forthy fronds are so pretty in the light – I can’t wait for them to fatten up a bit more and we can enjoy them raw in salads. And I’m just starting to sow more seeds too for autumn and winter, always an odd sensation in the height of summer to be thinking of winter :)

  7. I love your photos, especially the pea pod and potato flower. I thinks we’re all so much happier now the rain has stopped and the sun has arrived :-)

    • I think I was in a poetical mood :) A day where I ignored the slugs and snails, the pigeons and the weeds! I think we all need days like that! Pleased you like the potatoe flower too – I think they are often forgotten about :)

  8. Claire! What a stunning garden tour! I get such a feel for how you love it…your tender way of seeing tells the story so well. Lovely light, vibrant color, exquisite details of living things growing toward the sun. If I ever lack the inspiration for growing my own full vegetable garden one day (and I do still hope to!) I need look no further than here. Such a beautiful morning in your garden…

  9. More please! We’d love to see even more of your wonderful allotment photos! So much growing at the moment, and the sun shining so gloriously – you’ll be able to look back on these photos in the dead of winter for inspiration.. :)

    Do you grow enough at this time of year to be completely self sufficient in veg, Claire? We’ve never managed to grow potatoes and onions in enough quantity to keep us going, but we get almost all our leafy greens from the garden these days…

    • Hi Celia, and thanks! You know I look back at last year and what we were eating then and we were pretty much self-sufficient in July, Aug and Sept. This year, it’s very different as everything is about 3 to 4 weeks behind because of the rain and cool weather we had in June. The one thing I don’t grow is onions – I decided a while ago they weren’t worth the effort, seeing as we eat so many, and my small patch is precious in terms of space. We also don’t eat a lot of potatoes – so I now tend to limt myself to New Potatoes as they are truly delicious and frighteningly expensive in the shops!
      In all honesty I think I would need more land – so I could rest some each year, and have more fruit beds. A dream, but we’ll have to see if I can make it come true one day….

  10. Trust me there are not too many photos!!
    What a feast – for the eyes and eventually for the stomach :-)
    Love the shot of the potato flower and the one of the single pea pod.
    It’s great to see the plot again!

  11. Claire, what a glorious post! It’s amazing how much a bit of sunshine brightens the spirit of those of us who spend so many of our days under gray skies. Your garden is lovely!

  12. Claire, just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Promenade Plantings really is a pleasure to read. If you want to accept, take a look at my post at gardeninacity.wordpress.com/2012/07/24 to see what’s involved.

    • I was obviously in a poetic mood Gaynor, it was just one of those perfect mornings where everything seems at peace in the world. There are downsides (as you know) to having an allotment but when it comes good there’s nothing better!

    • Ha how true!! It’s amazing the difference i feel when the sun comes out – a literal weight lifted off my shoulders Marie. I’m trying to get up there every morning at the moment to water the greenhouse – well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it ;)

  13. I could see twice the amount of photos! I’m always fascinated how really each year produces more joy in a garden. The yearly cycle changes so little, only we change as gardeners as we learn and experience the new season… new seeds, techniques, maybe a little more cooperation from nature… ok. But damn amazing and joyous every single year.

    • So true about how we change as gardeners, and the more we garden the same patch the more we learn! Always something to see, to consider and to ponder! I was on my knees today weeding and at the level you see things differently, so much so I spotted a load of French Filet Beans hiding away :)

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