The first week of June brings with it a rhythmic list of never ending jobs to do on the allotment – sowing, potting, planting, weeding (and repeat). On our windowsills and in our greenhouses, the sowing continues (Padron Chilli Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Geranium Psilostemon, Cucamelon, Gherkin) and we are still checking (what seems like) hourly for signs of germination.
In the garden, survivors are ‘potted on’ into roomier accommodation, and those who grow – and are not eaten by mice – are planted out into new terrain on the allotment (this week Courgettes, New Zealand Yams, Corn and Salvia into the big bed, Pumpkin into a new Pumpkin patch, Dahilas, Geraniums and Sunflowers elsewhere). And as for the weeding, the weeding, the weeding – sore backs and unrespectable finger nails are the order of the day.
But the sweetener on the plot this week is the sight of these beautiful bright red and orange Poppies, planted last year and now coming into bloom. The never ending jobs continue – the sowing, the potting, the planting, the weeding – but the first flowers are a reminder of the beauty that is to come.