Oak Leaves in Essex
So. The allotment: the two cherries, pear and apple are in full bloom. And the Hibiscus trees at the front of the plot are starting their leaf bud. The fruit bushes have all sprung into vigorous life. The onions, shallots and garlic look....much the same as they have done for months. The peas and broad beans are surviving in a subtle and undemanding way. The sweet peas on wigwams are alive....and peaky looking. The strawberries are wildly flowering.
Apples, please be pollinated
The flowers in the front beds are looking lovely. I can't claim credit for most of them, but I can for the stripy tulips- I love them!
The herb bed is filling out a little.
Seedling-wise everything is coming on, much later than it should probably, but I've never found that a problem before but then I've never grown a tenth of what we have put in for the allotment!
Do not allow your cat to sit on the nice warm seed trays for your tomatoes will come up squashed and wiggly
To summarise the sowing since the last update:
Purple sprouting brocolli; beetroot; leeks; spring onion; salsify; radishes; lettuce; french bean (cobra and a normal type!); runner bean (Enorma and a friend's unknown variety); carrots; rocket (nothing doing with that, despite all promises on the packet!); sorrel; mixed oriental mustard leaves.
Black eyed Susan; nasturtium; more sweet peas; sunflower; pot marigold; tagetes and french marigold; teasel; flax; poached egg plant.
Peppers; chillies; tomatoes (Sungold, Gardeners' Delight; Moneymaker; Bloody Butcher; Roma); tomatillos (wonder if they are any good?); celeriac
Do not idiotically lose track of pots you have put seeds in and accidentally sow another lot in the same holes for you will lose track of the variety
And other work on the allotment has included loads of toil by L to create a defined wild area at the back, in which we have planted wild garlic, foxgloves, snow drops, and celandine, and will allow some of the existing "weeds" to grow. L has also cleared out Big Greenhouse 2, painted up the others and been on a dandelion annihilation spree. N has been weeding like a man possessed..... Indeed, it is all go.