Still Life at the Allotment

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Mid October and the marigolds are still blooming up at the allotment. I love the way they simply grow themselves amongst my vegetables. In a mild winter they may flower into December.  It was also good to see this bee out and gathering pollen. These days, every bee is precious. Once we have killed them all with agri-chemicals, we can expect to starve. It’s as simple as that. My allotment empire has recently expanded – more of which in the next post – so I’m intending to grow more varieties of late and early flowering plants on my plot. Or maybe I should simply stick to marigolds, and let them grow EVERYWHERE. The flower petals are lovely in salads, and a herbal tea of marigold flowers is good for warding off flu. Simply looking at them makes you feel better. All that orange straight into the brain, lighting up the little grey cells as the days darken.

‘Happy Autumn’ northern dwellers.

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28 thoughts on “Still Life at the Allotment

  1. Wonderful photograph of marigold and bee….I love marigolds for all the reasons you cited…and remember in the States planting pungent marigolds around my vegetable garden to keep rabbits, etc away…and it worked.
    For the moment as I am based in Hampton, primarily because my Mother’s nursing home is just a five minute walk away, I don’t have a garden of my own, but hope that will change someday soon.
    I look forward to your next post about the allotment. Janet:)

    1. Next instalment imminent, Janet. Thanks as ever for your comments. And yes, you grew French Marigolds perhaps – they are good for warding off all kinds of bugs and critters. One day you’ll have a garden, I’m sure.

  2. I have begun planting marigolds around fruit trees and among the veggies.( they self seed as well of course.
    Freaks me out like you don’t know about the bees.

    I read something interesting yesterday that you might enjoy.
    Germany grows some of the strongest, healthiest roses on the planet. Why? Because since the mid -eighties spraying roses with pesticides and fungicides was banned and rose growers had to put their proverbial heads together and develop resistant roses – and they succeeded. I haven’t verified this but the woman who writes a Saturday gardening column, Kate Montgomery , is normally pretty good.
    The newer strains – post 2000 are even better, apparently.

    No chemicals!

    1. Yes, I’m sure we can do without pretty much all the chemicals with a bit of judicious breeding, and good horticulture. It just takes more effort making compost and getting the soil in good heart (a good old country idiom that says everything, doesn’t it). Healthy, well grown plants can overcome/withstand so many pests. And then physical barriers can see off a lot more. It all falls down of course, with mass production…

  3. When I lived in Israel, the only garden were pots on my balcony. We faced west, so we got full sun from mid-morning until sunset. The sun at that latitude is intense. I grew cactus, but oddly, they didn’t thrive. Eventually I found two plants that consistently defied that blazing sun.

    Petunias and geraniums. They were the ONLY flowers that didn’t need constant nursing care. Eventually, that’s what I grew. Nothing else. Just lots and lots of geraniums and petunias. I wish marigolds had made the cut … but growing a lot of whatever does well in your climate? NOT such a bad idea 🙂

    1. Yes, you are right, Marilyn – growing what will grow in the conditions you have. Think that’s probably one of life’s great lessons and not just to do with gardening 🙂

  4. My brain cells severely need lighting up, Tish! Thank you for the assistance from that cracking marigold shot 🙂 I’m a little out of sorts with the insect world since being stung by a wasp the other day but the weather has been so mild, it’s no wonder. I was at the seaside and engrossed in shooting waves so it did come as a surprise. Thank heavens for antihistamine 🙂
    Must try marigold petals!

    1. Sorry about the wasp sting, Jo. I have great talent for putting my hand on them, the worst being in the middle of the night, when one was crawling on the duvet. I was asleep too. It really hurt, but I think I was even more offended than afflicted. To be stung when I was minding my own business and not trying to harm anything.

  5. Really beautiful shots, Tish. Although sadly, you are so right about the plight of the bees (and the impact on us). What are we doing to our beautiful world?! Hopefully we will wake up in time to fix things before it is too late for the bees.

      1. I can’t imagine a world without bees. Ignoring the serious side for the moment, I just think they are wonderful! Drowsily buzzing about, and spinning round in circles inside flower heads, getting drunk on the pollen! :o)

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