It has to be said the November allotment is a pretty dreary place. The ground is sodden and too many of the plots have run amok. But here and there, if I focus on the particular rather than the whole, a few happenstance artworks catch my eye.
Simon’s Globe Artichokes gone to seed.
Jenny’s watering can where it has been hanging for the last several years. ***
Self-grown Snapdragon in my old runner bean plot. On its second flowering.
Duckweed and leaves on the allotment pond
Fallen apples on an abandoned plot
Quince leaves in the communal orchard
*** Thom who is a marvel at flash fiction on just about any topic and in any setting and with a seemingly endless array of compelling characters was ‘spoken to’ by the watering can. Pop over to his place to see what he’s written: https://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/a-bit-o-friction-tween-old-jenny-and-mulvaney/
I just love it when one thing leads to another. Cheers Thom!
57 thoughts on “Still Lifes At The November Allotment”
Beautiful still lifes in beautiful colours, Tish!
Thank you, Ann-Christine. It was good to find some bright spots amongst gloom.
Great autumn series.
Thank you, Rabirius.
These are wonderful shots Tish. My faves are definitely the russet apples and the rosehips.
Thanks, Alison. I love the rosehips too. They seemed almost radiant despite the lack of light.
The world loves a trier, Tish 🙂 🙂
That’s so nice of you to say so 🙂
Just lovely Trish!
Thank you, June.
Beautifully colourful and cold as one would expect for autumn in the UK.
The overwhelming colour in my meagre veggie garden is currently green …
Beautiful still lives, Tish, especially the watering cans and the rosehips. I’d include the artichoke shot (I really do include it), but I mourn the uneaten artichokes! 🙂 I’ve never seen them in real life and gone to seed. But if every thistle were an artichoke, oh, how delightful life would be!!
Oh how I second that notion, Janet – every thistle an artichoke. And agree too, what a loss not to eat the ones that we do have. I’ve noticed that the different varieties growing at the allotment seem utterly confused climate-wise. Some start producing in the winter and then get frosted, and then they don’t do much in the summer when you expect them to. It’s quite a challenge to catch a good one.
Beautiful September colors!
September? * head-to-desk * November, of course!
I think we’re all seasonally confused, Marion 🙂
Oh you are an artist of autumn. Move over Keats! Your images give him a run for his money.
Thank you, Meg. It’s a bit of a challenge to find bright spots amongst all the sogginess. We’ve been promised less rain next week – just in time to cut down all the rain-drearied vegetation in the garden.
Oh, how I long for “rain-dreariest vegetation”! We keep getting rain- promises and then maybe half a dozen drops.
If only we could send some ‘down under’, Meg. Today at least we have sun. Not sure it’s staying though. Take care and wishing you some bigger drops.
You’ve done well there, Tish. Doesn’t seem dreary at all. I love russet apples but I think those are beyond eating!
Thank you, Debbie. I think you’re right about those russets, though they might make the blackbirds happy.
That’s the way it normally looks here in November here, but for some reason we went from glorious autumn to winter more of less overnight.
I think the planet is in some big cosmic ‘snow globe’ except it’s all the weather being shaken up in there. Who knows what will happen next!
These have a lovely Autumn feel about them Tish. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, John.
That watering can speaks to me.
What a stunning autumn gallery
Thank you, Becky.
Are you going to tell us what it’s saying, Thom? That’s an invitation btw…
It was impossible for me to let your generous invitation go by. Thanks, I had a lot of fun.
You are such a whizz, Thom. I love that you can be so inspired by a watering can. It’s lesson to all of us: – keep the story-seeking-radar switched on at ALL times, because you just never know where the next tale will pop up.
🙂 🙂 🙂
The allotment always seems to have something lovely to offer. My favourites are the snapdragons and the gorgeous fallen apples. My snapdragons are just starting to bloom. They will probably be around until well into autumn next year.
I think snapdragons are more robust than one is led to believe. Not annuals at all, if you leave them be.
I am a bit tired of sliding around the place. Wenlock is quagmire of Silurian clagginess.
Ugh! Oh dear!
the beauty of autumn! 🙂
Lots to love about it 🙂
The photographs are outstanding. E.
Many thanks, Elizabeth.
Not bad for mid-November eh? Nice dollops of color amid the drear, as it were…thanks for sharing and brightening my day some, old friend! Bill
Happy to do a bit of brightening, Bill. Too easy to get lost in the fog/fug this time of year.
Great pictures you have up there. Glad to be on your blog again, Tish.
Many thanks Teslim. Just popped over to yours (I have visited before). Your site is a treasure house of info on all matters Nigerian.
It is an honour to have you there. Thanks so much.
You seem to still have a variety of apples, as we had in the orchard at the Normandy house. There were dozens of apple species then, small, red, green, acid, sweet. For cider or for jam. Way beyond the boring “golden apple”.
(Isn’t the whole just the sum of particulars?) 😉
I very much like your sum of particulars, Brian 🙂
Beautifully atmospheric series, Tish! I love how you create art of your time with your plants.
Thank you for that lovely comment Ju-Lyn
Hi Ian. Just been over to your blog. That’s an impressive amount of digging you’ve done. Before you do any more you might want to check out https://charlesdowding.co.uk/ and his no-dig gardening. Your grassy plot looks ideal for the cardboard and compost approach. It might be interesting to compare both methods – conventional versus no-dig.