A2Z Challenge 2016

Reflections or Ponderings?

Reflections or Ponderings? At the end of my third challenge (2016) my ‘Plants, Produce & Ponderings’ from Norfolk or the allotment I feel rather pleased with how it all went. I now see my AtoZ challenges as a trilogy of the county I live in and now call Home. It began in 2014 via a twitter […]

Z – Zinnia

Zinnia, this I have decided as being my cut flower of choice, the form looks good. If you wish to direct sow your Zinnia in the soil, which is often the recommended method, I should wait until towards the end of April. Soil should be rich in organic matter and the bed should get full […]

Y – Yushania Anceps

Ye olde Penultimate blog;  Y is for yes, but, and this is a big but, when it comes to this ‘Y’ I’m saying NO, No, no Yushania Anceps or Bamboo on the Lotty! I lived in Hackney, East London before I came out to the coast to set-up my independent holidays with Barn & Beach. The […]

X – Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum

Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum? I think I mentioned earlier in the month that I’m giving over a third of my allotment to cut flowers or just flowers this year. Reason? I use a lot of cut flowers in the Holiday Homes. In these times where our lives are blended, work, rest and play all in together, […]

W – Walled Garden

The walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall National Trust site is my piece of heaven, since moving to Norfolk in 2010 I have visited this garden throughout the seasons each year. The early spring heralds the opening, whilst there is only the skeleton to admire it is a very fine skeleton indeed, especially the espaliered fruit trees that […]

V – East Ruston Old Vicarage

East Ruston Old Vicarage, if you have ever visited this corner of North East Norfolk you will probably be aware of East Ruston Old Vicarage the garden and it’s owners are legendary in these parts. The Old Vicarage garden has been converted, extended and defended by layer upon layer of hedging, fencing and trees and shrubs. […]

U – Umami

Umami, sounds a bit like a football chant ‘who’s army’?… I really don’t know much about this ‘Umami’ but was intrigued by the fact that they now bottle it and pop it on the shelf in the local supermarket…You can buy taste, apparently. I chose the topic to open some debate today, for the last […]

T – Time

Time, a precious commodity, we have to take stock, follow the seasons and the signs. At the Allotment; I always feel I’m chasing time when it comes to sowing, planting, harvesting and tidying; I’m behind time, catching up or thinking about it but seldom on it…but what is it? Time. Is there an exact time to […]

S – Salhouse Broad

Sunday, following Saturdays rain, there was to be no ‘allotmenteering’, so I popped along to Salhouse Broad, where the 1st Salhouse Scouts hosted a Jamboree for St George’s day (which is tomorrow 23rd April). Also the date  recognised as Shakespeare’s birthday. The Scouts, Cubs, Beavers of North East Norfolk turned out in their hundreds and […]

R – Rotation, Radishes and other Red things

Back on the plot last night, I managed to plant second early Potatoes, fifty Onion sets and turn over a rather tricky piece of previously uncultivated earth, it had been a path to access two rows of Raspberries. The Raspberries were divided and are now beginning to re-establish the old path is going to have […]