PLUGGING GAPS & SENTED PEPPERS
It’s been a year since I built my bespoke trellis and the star rhyncospermum Jasmine faired well over the harsh winter but a honey suckle is looking extremely fragile. You cannot underestimate the attention to detail in a small garden, but you can solve problems with plugging gaps with pots of colour. The Crimson Pirate Hemerocallis are nearing their end, a metallic-blue sea holly is starting to look thin, and some annual lavertera have also gone over. A situation with another pot solved two problems at once. Scarlet pelargonium turned out to be the trailing variety and got in the way of a smooth walk around the garden. My idea was to use a vintage iron plant stand and re-pot the plants into a terracotta pot to tone in with the wall. Viola, gap filled in an hour. The blooms drip down onto the love-lies-bleeding (amaranthus caudatas) that in turn leads your eyes down to a pretty pink pot of miniature chrysanthemum.
Gardening with pots can give you instant satisfaction and I need this as running an allotment can be pretty time consuming. However my trug is looking the part with one haul consisting of cauliflower, harlequin carrots, purple French beans and the last of the gooseberries and black currants. Never a stranger to the trug, are the round courgettes that have been huge success.
Other news at the allotment is a giant butternut squash has decided to tumble out of the raised beds to sunbathe on the path, so I’ve sat it on a slate to protect its bottom. Planning for winter, I am growing-on broccoli that I planted under in a butterfly proof nets. Last year was terrible for caterpillars so I am taking extra care.
But for an assault on your senses, breathe in the aroma at the green house as the romano peppers are filling the air with sent. Although not ripened yet, they smell divine. Even though its tomato season, (and yes there are loads) for a first time grower of peppers I might give tomatoes in the green house a miss next year. The ones in container at the backdoor have done miles better. But I’m not going to count my chickens (or peppers or tomatoes) just yet as there’s still all of October to savour.