Not a bit like flaming June on the allotment this morning, it felt flaming cold and there was a very slight shower of rain. I actually wore my winter hat today to combat this unseasonal start to the day. Tony, my next door neighbour came over to the allotment on his way to the gym, he gave me a couple of really nice Pak Choi plants that he had spare. I haven't grown any of these this year, I think I had run out of space. Tony asked me to give a message relating to bowls to a mutual friend. I watered my pots and some of the seedbeds, as we have had very little rain for the past few days. I harvested some Gooseberries, Strawberries, and some Onions and spent the rest of my time weeding around the Runner-bean wigwams.
In the evening I spent some time watering my pots in the back garden, the Blueberry fruits are swelling up very nicely now and the tomato plants look very healthy indeed. The lawns, back and front look great after their cut yesterday and the new grass seeds I planted in the front lawn have taken very well. The grass looks so beautifully green. I am overwhelmed with the beauty of the blue rose I purchased for Margaret several years ago. It is covered in big beautiful blooms and I just had to grab my camera and take some wonderful photographs. I must remember to give the roses some rose food when I get some time time to spare.
These are two pictures of a single red rose, blooming in our garden on the other bush that we bought at the same time as Margaret's Blue rose.
John~~Battling with the elements, pests and diseases in my struggle to keep the garden growing. A constant daily struggle that will be recorded here.
Gardening is such a delightful pastime. I spend time on my allotment almost every day of my life, and the sensation of pure satisfaction never ceases to amaze me. I get so much out of this pleasure, I think the benefits are so huge that the government should legislate and make it more available to everyone. I will list just some of the obvious reasons here. ~~
1) Fresh fruit and vegetables and other produce.
2) Fresh air and an intense feeling of getting close to Nature.
3) Healthy exercise without the necessity of machines that are found inside a gym.
4) The satisfaction obtained by growing plants and watching and caring for them through to maturity.
5) A regular occupation that you can make into a routine, somewhere to go to at a certain time every day.
6) The companionship of like-minded people, with whom you can get ideas and swap tips on your mutual interests.