Firstly let me congratulate Matron for winning 4th prize for her Giant Pumpkin! First time entering a competition and winning a very decent prize indeed.Pop over and visit matron's blog to read all about it.
.Secondly, in relation to my recent problems with word verification and removing same from my blog....every day I have to delete comments from Spammers.They seem to just read the legend Word verification free blog and think they can leave weird comments advertising some really weird websites?! Wasting your time Spammers, all comments remain unpublished until I approve them! That is plain English and easily understood not like some of the archaic pidgin English I have come across in these comments. Anyway....some short time spent on the allotment as it has gotten cold and wet again and the evenings have really drawn in early, the herbaceous bed is going to be just that, I redug it yet again and planted 6 off shoots of our Globe Artichokes along its length. Maybe a bit much but they may not all survive the winter and if they do then we can leave some go to seed for ornamentation. I put in about 2 dozen mixed daffodil bulbs and moved over a few of the miniature Dianthus.It makes a huge difference to this side of the plot as it was wild and overgrown
Our over wintering onions have put in an appearance, this is just one photographed through the netting keeping the birds/rabbits etc off. They grow a little and root before the weather gets really cold then the plan is...next Spring as soon as the ground warms up they are already settled and make a spurt of growth before the Spring sown onions take off. I don't think they are meant for storing but to fill the gap until the main crop onions are ready.I have succumbed to the garlic bug again and purchased a couple of bulbs but the weather has changed now and I may not get them in, in time. Garlic needs a cold snap to grow but working in a cold snap is not my idea of fun!
Some late colour on the allotment, not ours I must admit but they brighten up the place especially if any bit of sunshine breaks through.The last Rose of Summer!