I love this time of year… the signs of new growth, the longer days, the excitement and most of all the blossom. My little three year old apple tree has never failed to make me smile even though I’ve never picked a harvest from it yet. Those pale pink, delicate blooms are one of my all time favourite flowers and for me it’s just an added bonus that we get to pick apples from the same tree later on in the year. For all the previous years I’ve been removing the baby fruit that have been trying to grow so that all the energy can go into making a nice, strong healthy tree instead. But I think this might be the year that I’ll let a few of my apples develop and I can’t wait to try one! Surely nothing can beat sitting down amongst the flowers in your favourite place whilst munching on an apple that you grew?
The plot is slowly coming to life and everything is starting to look green and lush again. The potatoes have popped up, carrots have been sown, rhubarb is growing by the day plus the swiss chard and radishes are both growing happily away. Even the flowers are enjoying the sunshine with new growth on the lavender bushes, comfrey in full bloom, primroses still going strong by the pond, alliums growing taller and all the self seeded fox gloves are coming along too.
Of course there’s still so much to do and my premature smugness of being all organised is fading rather quickly. I’m going to head up there tomorrow to tick off some huge jobs like weeding my fruitcage, digging over the brassica bed and hopefully I’ll finally finish weeding the flower border too… Plus I want to put a coat of paint on the side of my shed, I always leave it too late and the roses cover it so quickly that this side is a coat behind all the other parts of the shed!
Life has been a bit hectic lately and the past two days I’ve been working like crazy. It’s a side people don’t often see of me and sometimes I think that people often believe I spend all my days up the allotment sipping tea and photographing flowers. Of course that isn’t the case (although sometimes I wish it was!) I arrived back from my birthday trip to Wales early on Wednesday having been on the road for 5 hours since 7.30am, then it was home to pack orders and take them up the post office. Another 5am rise on Thursday to a busy old day working on a collaboration project only to find my camcorder didn’t save half the files. I woke again early this morning to head up the allotment to video all over again and it’s been a day sat in front of the laptop whilst the sun’s been shining outside.
I did however, manage to spare 20 minutes this morning up my allotment sipping tea and taking photographs of flowers… It was a much needed break and it did wonders for my soul. I’m a tad excited about spending a few hours up there tomorrow and it looks like it’s going to a beautiful bank holiday weekend. We’re off celebrating my Mum’s birthday on Monday and then we’re going to be busy selling at 5 shows in a row… but I won’t think about that until Tuesday!
Have a lovely time everyone x