One of the best decisions we made on the allotment this year was to create a flower border, and to include flowers in some of our raised beds too. Not only has it gone some way to deter unwanted pests, it’s brightened up the plot so much, and next year I think we’ll be adding flowers with gusto !
One particular success was our Sweetpeas, which despite a slow start have really flourished. We’re mindful that the more Sweetpeas you pick the more the plant produces, and have been picking every couple of days. This seems to have worked as they are still going strong. Sweetpeas are notorious for housing greenfly and bugs and usually need a good shake before bringing into the house. Instead of doing this we pop the freshly cut flowers into a pot in the garden – they don’t mind living outside and look lovely and cheerful on the patio.
In the garden, the August flowers continue but it’s clear that the end is nigh ! The Sunflowers and Morning Glory (if you can catch it at that elusive moment between opening and dying) have done well this year, but it’ll soon be time for a tidy up as we move into Autumn. Autumn – my favourite season – reminiscent of new pencil cases and books, to me always seems like the start of the year and new beginnings, not winding down. Already Mr O is getting excited about the prospect of Autumn foraging …
Elsewhere on the plot the glut continues, with some new arrivals – Tomatoes, Chillies and Autumn Raspberries. There’s that word again – Autumn – so it really must be true !