Saturday, 15 October 2011

Sunrise at the Allotment.


This morning, when I went to the allotment, at 7.30 the sun was just coming up over the hedgerow and there was a heavy dew on the grass.  It was freezing cold and my hands were like ice, so much so that I had trouble picking the raspberries that are still fruiting profusely.  I noticed that one or two leeks have bolted, but I will leave them to flower and set seed.  The Sweet Williams in the cutting patch have re-seeded themselves so I should have a nice patch next year without me having to do anything.


The foliage on the parsnips is now dying back, I had better put a marker on where the row is, just so I can find them when I want to start digging them up.  I may bring a few in for storage as it is so difficult to get them out of the ground if we have a hard frost.  The perennial spinach has also gone to seed but there are still a few leaves to pick on the outside edges, so I think I will put the mesh cloches back on to protect the plants from frost, then I can keep picking a little longer.

There is quite a bit of mulching and tidying to do and as the weather forecast is good for the weekend, you never know, it might all get done.

11 comments:

  1. I need to get out and do some tidying as well...I just wish the UK 'heatwave' would happen here too!

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  2. Still lots of colour on your allotment, Elaine. The only colour I have in my plot now (apart from green) is the red of my chillies, and one or two Nasturtiums. Our temperature got down to 1C last night, but we have had a couple of lovely sunny days.

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  3. A lovely post and terrific photos!
    Goodness me you were plotting early, I didn't start until just after 8.00am.
    It's looking better than mine which now has several dug over bare patches! Flighty xx

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  4. I like being at the allotment first thing when it is quiet and before others arrive.

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  5. I never quite manage to see the dawn unless I'm camping but love the misty photos! You'll get frost a lot sooner than we will down south but you've reminded me to start thinking about getting cloches ready.

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  6. What a pretty and productive plot you have Elaine. In theory I like being out and about early too. In practice, it only happens in pyjamas in my back garden...

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  7. It looks lovely and peaceful at that time of day. I never go to the allotment early in the morning, but I enjoy being there just before dusk, another peaceful time. I love Sweet Williams but I've never grown them, I really should.

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  8. So fun to find a new blog to follow! Your garden looks lovely and very productive! Cheers!

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  9. Beautiful pictures! Your allotment has great colors and the lighting is perfect. Sunrise in the garden is such a wonderful time.

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  10. Vegetable gardens are beautiful at any time of day but you have caught the tranquility of early morning.

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