Sunday, 19 July 2015

My timing isn't so great

The stars aligned today, the medication kicked in, that fabled golden orb shone in the blue sky and I felt good.

Maggie on the bench - 'growourown.blogspot.com' ~ an allotment blog

I saw the bench, my cosy hideaway and couldn't help but giggle, it's perfect. Rustic, handmade by the man I love, with a gravelled area and with two healthy climbers to help shelter me. Maggie of course had to nosey but funnily wasn't so interested in it than the exceptionally tiny dog that just wandered on to the plot :)

I got to work and suddenly (because today I care about such things) I noticed half finished jobs and the real state of my flower beds, which I have simply been ignoring bar some weeding. Oh they were meant to be my project this year but so far I haven't had the best 2015 and boy does it show here. Half the lovely seeds I ordered haven't been planted and I never did get round to buying another permanent flowering bushy plant.

rose - 'growourown.blogspot.com' ~ an allotment blog

I start with the roses. Dead heading is pleasant and fragrant but then the black-spot is more noticeable and I realise why Andrew bought me a pair of secateurs a few months ago and encouraged me to garden.....most of both rose bushes need cut away, including lots of sweet buds too. The plants look great, well, healthy at least once I'm done; I'm scratched and bleeding (which is only fair after their neglect) and set an intention to look after them better.


Then on Monty's advice I cut back the two oriental poppies that I missed in their fabulous moment of flowering and cross my fingers that they may come back for a little flush again. It's so weird to think about it, I didn't really do anything this year, I simply couldn't care less and not one seed or bulb has been planted by my own fair hand. It has been all about the therapy of simply being outside in the air and getting my hands dirty weeding and creating pathways. I really miss the sunflowers this year :(

oriental poppy, sort of - 'growourown.blogspot.com' ~ an allotment blog

I finished the evil weeding between the two flower beds and we plan to get a ton more gravel delivered soon so we can have proper paths for once on 14b. It looks ok and though I'm tired (Andrew so lovingly telling me I look like I am about to collapse - thanks) I want to do more,  put my mark on the place but it's time to go. It's bloody rotten timing as I actually want to be here and get suck in, not something I can admit to that often. Plus the very first cosmos and dahlia are blooming, both are white and I think of new hope, new beginnings.

new buds - 'growourown.blogspot.com' ~ an allotment blog

A quick harvest of some broccoli, great broad beans and 4 mangetout, a sit down on the new bench and then off we go. I realise *blush* this post is completely about me but I shall chronicle as much of Andrew's day as I can in the next post.

a little harvest - 'growourown.blogspot.com' ~ an allotment blog

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And then when I came home I had a panic attack thinking of how utterly crap I have been and am. I was a mess whilst Andrew calmly cooked some dinner (with our wee harvest). But later, once I'd settled a bit I read my own 'Allotmentherapy' essay and rediscovered the reason I go there at all, seems I do talk sense sometimes :)

Love and hugs
Carrie

P.S. Our Instagram accounts are great for on the spot photos which are sometimes better than these I put up!

16 comments:

  1. That bench up their is fantastic! I am so happy that they sun was shining on you today! Just look at that rose my friend! And those beds up there look so stunning as do all of your veggies! My fingers are crossed on those poppies.....Wishing you all good things this week my friend! Nicole xo

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    1. I love my bench :) Thank you for all your lovely comments here. I hope just for some greenery from those poppies but I'm hoping very very hard. Hope the week has been kind to you and yay, the weekend lays ahead xxx

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  2. So glad you had a good day Carrie and got plenty of weeding done. Your broccoli looks wonderful. Wishing you many more good days. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you CJ. These are just the wee broccoli heads now, we ate all the big perfect tasty middles :) They've been the best ever I think :) Happy up coming weekend, friend. x

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  3. I love that bench. It looks a like the perfect spot to sit and relax.

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    1. It's a great bench, well hidden and sunny right into the evening. Look forward to the climbers growing round me. That's for your lovely comment x

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  4. It's all looking, and sounding, good. I've done the same with my oriental poppies in the hope that more foliage will grow. Happy gardening. Flighty xx

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    1. Ah ha! Great minds think alike Flighty. It's terrible the way they look after all the flowering is over. I am hoping for some greenery too xx

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  5. Oh my goodness, how gorgeous is that sunshine on your plot! And a beautiful bench by your beloved. That is one delicious rose -- may you have many more to grace your garden and bless your efforts.

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    1. Thank you so much you lovely, lovely lady xx

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  6. Was the bit .about oriental poppies this week as our boxrefused to record it we missed it and I didn't get my Nigel fix

    Beaten you with mangetouts - we had six,

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    1. No Gardeners World wasn't on, there was some sporting thing instead.
      I just decided to look up what Monty would do on the internet.
      Aww, 2 more mangetouts :(
      xxx

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  7. my poppies are starting again from seed, as i ripped the originals out for the builders.
    Lots of leaves ... no flowers yet.

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    1. In time sweet Diana, all in good time xxx

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