Sunflower Tales.

Did you miss us? I’ve missed being here and so with no further ado let’s get on with the blogging…

We are having a sunflower growing competition! A couple of weeks ago I planted up a load of Giant Yellow sunflower seeds and numbered the pots.


With the weather forecast, finally, promising warm weather we decided to have a BBQ at the plot and so it seemed like the right time to draw lots and allocate seedlings. image

So so after working hard on the plot and finally managing to persuade the charcoal to light ( having a plumber husband that owns a blow torch is ever so handy sometimes!) we had a lucky dip. Dave got plant No. 9 and it was love at first sight!!!


We ran out of time to actually plant our seedlings this evening so that will a top priority job this week. Then the competition will really begin in earnest. Neil, never one to shy away from being competitive, has already been googling ‘how to grow the tallest sunflower’ !!!


Let it rain…

Yesterday was a Bank Holiday and plans were made for an allotment bbq. Then the weather forecast was consulted. We decided to go ahead anyway! And so it was that we found ourselves grilling sausages and veggie kebabs in the traditionally damp weather of a British national holiday. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves anyway building a fortress out of the left over pallets.Image

I have to admit that this is not the first time that we have bbq’d in this weather and so we have amassed quite the selection of umbrellas and beach tents over the years.


The best bit of yesterday’s trip to the plot though came when we started to move the cold frame.

The cold frame was one of the first things that we put in but over the years has seen little use. We’ve found that because none of us visit the plot daily that anything put in there tends to suffer a hideous death. Instead it has become a useful repository for old plant pots. However, we have been given another pond liner and Manda was very keen to put it next to our original pond. This meant moving the cold frame and look what we found when we opened it up:


What a treat! There were in fact another two hiding under some other pots so our abandoned cold frame was clearly a big hit with the local lizard population!! Finding this out has rather changed our plans somewhat. We have still moved the frame, it is now over near the bug house, but instead of it becoming another raised bed we have just filled it back up with old pots and logs. Now that we know they like it we just couldn’t face taking it away from them.