Snow fell on Bedfordshire today, it doesn’t snow very often here but when it does it usually settles. I couldn’t resist getting the camera out and visiting the allotment.
Snow makes everything look so fresh and bright, it makes my shed look yellow rather than cream!
The air was fresh and invigorating, and it was eerily quiet at the allotment today but I rather liked it.
I love wandering around allotments looking at other plots, not just on my site but others too. Each plot is different in its own way and I love that, from the slightly ramshackle to the neat and tidy magazine-worthy, I find all allotments equally beautiful and inspiring. Today in the snow the plots all looked exactly the same, each one a blank canvas and magical.
I took my dog along with me for the walk, she’s 11.5 years old and starting to slow down a bit now but she had such fun racing around the community orchard, I don’t let her off lead while we walk around the allotments, not that the other plot holders mind.
After taking in the peace and serenity I made my way home, with a rather tired dog!
The year of the pandemic, 2020 has been extraordinary and devastating to many. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson made an announcement on the 19th December that changed Christmas plans for millions, yet again infection numbers are on the rise but this time due to a new strain of the virus. Oh dear. From the 20th December Bedfordshire moves into Tier 4 along with London, the South East and East of England regions. Basically we’re in lockdown again.
My allotment has been a real tonic to me this year and yet again it will be a safe place to temporarily forget the madness if I feel the urge, even if I don’t actually do any gardening just being there is enough.
As for my Christmas, well it will obviously be small and quiet which is ok but I will miss seeing family. I’ve been good this year so hopefully Santa will leave a gardening book under the tree for me (and a new pair of wellies please if you’re reading this, Santa!). I will use some of my free time to check through my seed stash and order anything I may need, and probably things I don’t.
Whatever tier you happen to be in, stay safe and enjoy Christmas as best you can x
Have I mentioned I love my allotment and how happy I am lately? Even flying visits to water leave me feeling immensely proud, happy and relieved. I got my new plot in March this year (March 11th to be exact, a lovely Mother’s Day gift!), just 2 months after having major surgery so I reckon I’ve every reason to feel mighty chuffed with myself. This place is my little haven, just as my old plot was (I reluctantly gave it up due to the stupid disease I was suffering with). I knew I had a long road ahead of me to get well and difficult decisions to make along the way, but now I feel as if I’ve come full circle and I’m back to my old self, full of excitement and eager to get stuck in. Of course, I’m careful not to overdo it (I’m still healing after all). I grab endless opportunities to rest and sit inside my little shed, sipping tea whilst looking out across the allotments is pure relaxation.
On one of my more energetic days last week I cleared and dug over another bed opposite the patch of rhubarb, both beds are roughly the same width and length. I don’t have any solid plans to plant in this bed at the moment (but that could change, I’m thinking gloriosa daisies for autumn colour), I’m concentrating on marking the structure of the plot and improving the heavy clay soil. I didn’t expect to get this far with my plot so everything that has been planted is a bonus, I’m not expecting great things it’s just nice to see something growing, but if I do harvest something it will be even sweeter.
Zinnia in the old trough are growing really well and flower buds are beginning to swell. I really hope this trough does well, it would be lovely to see it full of colourful summer flowers. I popped a couple of nasturtium in as well, you know, just to be sure. I couldn’t resist adding more bunting to the plot, I just love it!
It hasn’t rained properly for many weeks now so I’m watering frequently during the evenings. My vintage watering can developed a very slight leak recently but that’s to be expected considering the age, it’s still usable though and I love it. I often wonder how many gardeners it served before me.
The sweetcorn plants are putting on a growth spurt now, they’re loving the heat.
Yesterday I planted lavender next to the shed, as it grows I’m hoping it will overhang the path just in front of the wooden gate (on the to do list), releasing its soothing scent whenever I walk past.
The new shed has been in place on plot 33 for a number of weeks, I’ve even managed to paint it a lovely shade of cream thanks to the warm dry weather that’s been hanging around. The paint of choice is Country Cream from the Garden Shades range by Cuprinol. The shed needs another coat at least and there are a couple of tricky spots to do that I can’t reach without a ladder.
I’m really pleased with how it looks with the little window curtains.
I plan to paint the inside too and then add bits and pieces I have collected including a bargain shelf unit I got from eBay for £5. I couldn’t resist adding some bunting inside for now, it looks so pretty don’t you think?
It’s not all been about beautifying the shed, I have put in some graft to get some beds ready for planting. But first I need to put up some temporary wire fencing using hook stakes to keep rabbits and deer out.
I’m very impressed with my inherited patch of rhubarb! Plenty of pies, jams and crumble on the menu I feel, perhaps a gin tipple too, you know, for medicinal purposes and all that!
Plot 33 has changed so much since I got it in March, I really enjoy the visits there. At the moment I’m digging a small flower patch next to the shed, with plenty of annual flowers coming along in the greenhouse at home it’s sure to be full of colour very soon.