Aftercare

Plot Plot

The viva has come and gone and so has the end of term.  The year has slipped by very quickly and I can’t believe it won’t be long until I’m saying goodbye to my plot.  Not quite yet, however!  We are allowed to keep our plots on over the summer and I am intending to do so.  I’d hate to get this far and not see many of the plants through to maturity – especially the poppies (Papaver somniferum ‘Black Peony’) which are just of the verge of bursting into flower.

I’ve been harvesting plenty from my little plot – lettuces, mainly, but also peas, broad beans and, this weekend, a large posy of sweet peas.

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My other half was kind enough to take some photos for me whilst I worked at my plot on Sunday.  After a busy day, it was nice to relax again working on the plot – grass edges to be trimmed, plants to harvest, and sweet peas to tie up.  The winds hadn’t been very kind to the sweet peas – as cordons they have very little to support themselves and the fast new growth had toppled over on some.  I tied them all up, tidied them and trimmed the tendrils and extra side shoots – leaving some just in case of further snapped stems.  Some of the flower stems had become curled by their adventure ground-wards, but most were long and straight, brilliant for putting in a vase.  There’s a lot of nostalgia for me in the scent of sweet peas – summer gardening with my grandfather, and the flower shows in my home town, always full of hundreds of vases of freshly picked blooms.

Also coming into bloom, now, are the Iberis, Calendula, Nasturtium, pinks  and poppies.

Pisum sativum 'Bijou' Iberis crenata

Calendula officinalis 'Neon' Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony'

Dianthus chinensis-heddwigii 'Black and White Minstrels' Tropaeolum majus 'Princess of India'

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