Fun on the allotment.

I'm a student, chef, gardner, photographer and general procrastinator. On the 5th November 2011 I inherited an old battered allotmentand started this blog so people can watch as I work and play to make it my dream larder.
Aquilegias
As well as an obsession with Hellebores, I have a real soft spot for aquilegias.
For those who don’t grow any, at the end of winter the new leaves start to appear. For frost protection they just sit there unfurled like small spirals. Once it warms up they concertina out like a Chinese fan. That, along with an inch of growth or so can make them seem to explode overnight. Literally, the plants footprint can triple in the space of 24 hours. Its amazing.   
Then you get the flowers, which are great in their own right. There are a lot of fancy doubles and all sorts of colours now, but I prefer the older ones. I’ve sown some ‘Nora Barlow’ and hope to mass plant them later in the year. I could post a picture of the flower type here but I would rather make you all wait and show you in 12 months time …

Aquilegias

As well as an obsession with Hellebores, I have a real soft spot for aquilegias.

For those who don’t grow any, at the end of winter the new leaves start to appear. For frost protection they just sit there unfurled like small spirals. Once it warms up they concertina out like a Chinese fan. That, along with an inch of growth or so can make them seem to explode overnight. Literally, the plants footprint can triple in the space of 24 hours. Its amazing.   

Then you get the flowers, which are great in their own right. There are a lot of fancy doubles and all sorts of colours now, but I prefer the older ones. I’ve sown some ‘Nora Barlow’ and hope to mass plant them later in the year. I could post a picture of the flower type here but I would rather make you all wait and show you in 12 months time …

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    Love these flowers and with the help of my (now 5 yr old) son over the last 2 winters we’ve created a huge spread of...
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  4. leightonisme said: Do you not find they attract a lot of aphids?
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