Sometimes on the allotment – for us rookies especially – it’s difficult to tell who is friend and what is foe. This was true this week, when giving the plot a thorough weeding, mowing and trimming, we came across several visitors we weren’t sure if to admire or to send packing !
The first two were flowers – or should that be weeds ? Tiny delicate blue flowers have appeared all around the plot, and have become a lovely companion to our Poached Egg Plant in the flower border.
Secondly, these gorgeously fragile looking purple flowers have sown themselves along the edges of our space, and seem far too beautiful to be weeds – what are they ?
And lastly, whilst digging in one of the ‘raised baths’ this fellow reared it’s alien looking head. A shiny, hard coated brown pellet with a disconcerting rotating head, it’s apparently a brown moth pupa, which is commonly found in soil. Whether it’s a friend to allotmenteers we don’t know !
On safer ground, we were also able to admire more familiar favourites coming into their own this week. The lush dark green foliage and deep purple flowers of Comfrey, Strawberry flowers in the bed we extended last year, and our first Rose of the year in bloom.
Out of our unexpected visitors, only the moth pupa got the heave-ho – out of fear that he may be a crop destroying baddie – and he was only moved to the edge of the plot ! The blue and purple flowers remain. They may be ‘weeds’ but they’re so pretty, who are we to judge ?
What unexpected visitors have you had on your plot this year ?