Life in the polytunnel

Life in the polytunnel

It’s a little less jungly inside the polytunnel this year.  I’ve decided not to grow sweetcorn but the early potatoes in their place have gone a bit mad.  I’m also growing dwarf french beans rather than the climbing variety, which should make it...
Flower power 2

Flower power 2

The flowers at the plot are really getting into their stride.  The first flush is always the loveliest, perhaps because I’ve watched and waited while those first buds swell before finally bursting open. The first peonies are in the vase The shape and detail of...
Flower power

Flower power

What is the purpose of an allotment in the 21st century?  There are at least a thousand different answers to that question.  For me and I suspect for many others, it’s the tranquillity of the location and the satisfaction of nurturing a seed through its full...
In a vase on Monday – first cut

In a vase on Monday – first cut

The peony and rose season is here, and this vase is the first cut. Duchess Nemoirs is the first peony to open but Sarah Bernhardt will be a close second.  Gertrude Jekyll and Louise Odier roses have been in bloom for a week; the storm on Saturday night knocked down...