On a day when the sun shone and all was bright and twinkly. Cold but working with an autumnal sun on my back, enough to take the chill away, I finally got round to doing something I’ve wanted to do for AGES. You see I’ve meant to show you some bigger pictures of the plot, less focus on the detail (pun intended) and as I’m clearing it for winter I think the photos will give you a better picture (pun not intended) of the lay of the land.
And so today’s post was born.
Let’s start from the beginning and as I wend my way up the path to my allotment this is the first sight. Looking from the front but towards the left, the beds are nearly cleared for winter, you have to imagine what they will look like in Spring, planted up with beans and squash and all manner of veggies.
The view looking from the “front” of the plot down towards the shed and the oak tree. You can see the broken trellis on the right, which is meant to be supporting the oh-so-slow-to-grow grapevine. This winter will see a replacement with chestnut stakes a much more natural material and one that will withstand salty-windy sea air.
You can see Lavender plants, cut back for winter and behind them Chard and Spinach – great winter greens.
Now looking to our right from the front of the plot towards the greenhouse, you can just see the titchyBrussel Sprouts, netted for winter against marauding pigeons.
And in case you are wondering if anything is growing in the greenhouse, there are salads and lettuce for winter. I realise it’s a distinctly odd view, but I didn’t want to stand on and squish my salads !
Walking down the main path, which for some weird reason needs mowing, I thought the grass was meant to have stopped growing! I’m now standing under the oak tree at the back of the plot with the shed to my left. Just out of shot is a large fruit bed (raspberries, currants and strawberries) and in view is one of the leek beds and a soon to be large garlic bed.
What you have to remember is that a couple of months ago you really wouldn’t be able to see much for foliage of beans and peas, courgettes and beetroot.
Still standing at the back and looking up the main path (and east towards the early morning sun) you can see the veggie plot is split into two large beds, which have temporary paths in summer. To my right and out of view is a winter greens bed of Kales, cabbages and broccoli.
Standing in the middle of the path in the centre of the plot we have a view across my plot to the next plot down, at present a bamboo – officially named the Bloody Bamboo and a ridiculous evergreen, also known as the Ridiculous Evergreen blocking the view a bit.
But never mind that, this view is about to change, and soon……
So there you go we have Promenade Plantings Allotment, warts and all, reasonably tidy for winter, but still plenty of work to do like cutting back the brambles that edge the back of the plot, remember they are my freebies, grown as a hedge/fence and I get to pick the benefits. and make things like Creme De Mures.
These views all lead me onto an idea I’ve had, or rather an idea I’m borrowing and hopefully putting to good use. You see my friend Miss Celi of the Farmy fame and Miss Marie of lil’angel fame both take a daily view of their farm and garden respectively. Now there is no way I could manage to take a daily view, life is too full for that, but I was thinking about a weekly view, so we can see the changes on the plot as the seasons progress. I think it would be a bit of fun.
As to the exact view, I’m undecided whether it should be the view down the main path or the view from the chairs (soon to be a patio … sweetie dahlings) across the plot. I think I may need to play around a bit, I’ll definitely need to use the wide angled lens so we get a broader picture.
If you are new or newish to my blog and are wondering what on earth an allotment is or what I mean when I talk about my plot, or just wondering how big is the veggie garden then follow these links (A wander aroun an English Allotment, The Shed and A Sociable Gardener) – they all have soeme lovely photos taken on the allotments) they will fill in some gaps and you never know you might enjoy the wander around
In the meantime here is a little look back over the last few months, and you’ll see what I mean about the veggies obscuring my view and just how bare it all looks now in Autumn.