Having returned from holiday, finding time to get down the allotment has been a little challenging this week as I am helping my Uncle at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. He holds the National Collection of Myrtle plants and will be showing in the Plant Heritage Marquee “A New Zealand Garden”. It is exciting to help out during the show week and see the preparations behind the scenes of the set-up. (Pictures below).
Runner Bean towers full of flowers and small beans forming at the bottom.
Spring Onions look good now that the weeds have been cleared.
The long view down looks good although weeding is required for one side.
And looking up my plot, the produce is growing well and all looks good.
More growth on the cucumber plants. Have definite fruit /salad vegetables starting to form and develop.
With small cucumber on it.
The Sweetheart Cabbage looks lush with a little bit of white fly damage but a good size. Shame I don’t eat them!
Desiree Potatoes with flowers and strange fruit (which I know I have to discard to encourage the tubers to grow and because they are poisonous).
Courgette Plants developing fruit /veg to be enjoyed shortly.
Cut more Sweet Peas and took them home to enjoy their beautiful scent.
From the plot, I have collected some new vegetables which I have enjoyed at home (once cooked):
My produce collected from the Allotment: Black Beauty Courgette, Blue Lake French Beans, Vienna Radish, Onions and Shallots.
Blue Lake French Beans tasted really fresh and slightly al dente.
Black Beauty Courgettes were dipped in a GLUTEN FREE batter and pan fried until crunchy.
My Vienna Radish was boiled with carrots and drizzled with butter.
And from RHS Hampton Court:
Finishing off the Gold Medal and Best In Show Australian Garden.
Horticultural Perfection in the Floral Marquee
For this year, the circus has come to the Roses marquee.
Met James Wong opening the Plant Heritage Marquee at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Opening words from James Wong