Saturday, 3 October 2015

Autumn produce

Chatting with others on the allotments, we are all agreed that (a) everything is a month late and (b) the last few warm weeks have turned a poor year into a decent one. My tomatoes are only just turning, we have just started picking runner beans and the courgettes are still producing in early October.  I have only finished digging my potatoes this week, over a month late. In the photo you can see the last two mini cucumbers. A strange year but unexpectedly productive.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Autumn Crocus

I forget I have these until September each year when they appear as if from nowhere. This year I must repost them after flowering as they have multiplied.  They require no attention or special treatment, completely reliable.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Katy Apples

I picked the Katy Apples today, later than normal.  Everything is late this year, but strangely the Worcester Pearmain Apples were ready before them and picked last week. Some of the Katy apples were reluctant to leave the tree, needing a little encouragement.

Normally you know an apple is ready when you lift it by 90 degrees and the stalk detaches from the tree. But this year they have been hanging on, even though the fruits are fully ripe.  But with increasing fallers, I had to pick them. Strangely, some apples have stalks where the inside was dry and detaching but the outer surface was still live, so they stayed attached until a gust of wind came along. Never seen that before.  But a good crop, half a sack full of lovely red fruit.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

September Flower

This is acidanthera bicolor, a bulb planted earlier this year. Actually there were 20 bulbs but only one has flowered. It could be because of the poor weather this year, who knows? But a pretty flower, with 4 sequential blooms.

Friday, 11 September 2015

A Tale of 2 Tomato Plants

These plants are the same Bush variety (Totem), in the same location, with the same treatment. One has 2 enormous fruits on it, the other has multiple small ones.  Never had this difference before, anyone else seen anything like this?