28 Jun 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Plot poppies


Yesterday I dashed up to the allotment. With the threat of rain from heavy grey clouds, I thought to tidy up the plants on my balcony but couldn't find my trowel. I've had a lot on my mind recently and have noticed a tendency to forget things or flit from one thing to another. To be honest, I do that even when I haven't got a lot on my mind. It's not good.

My trowel is a particularly beautiful copper one that I've had for years & love; I would be distraught to lose it so I racked my brains as to where I might have used it last.  I have a very good visual memory and could picture it in my hand as I weeded at the plot last weekend. I had to know if my vision was correct so a quick visit to the plot ensued as the first tiny drops of rain started.

It's such a magical place though (I must do a video one day) that, once there, time stood still & the rain stopped, briefly. I found my trowel, still buried in the soil where I'd been removing weeds from around the broad beans. I dug out a few more weeds, wandered a little, munching raspberries as I went, sat awhile on the bench and then slowly walked back along the paths to the gate.

These self sown poppies were battered by winds last week but more flowers had opened in the sunshine. The metre long strip of tissue paper thin flowers and seed heads lit up the path on an otherwise rather monochrome day, adding to the magic of the place.

I'll be keeping an eye on those seedheads & gathering a few to sprinkle around next year - 
which flowers are brightening your life at the moment?




10 comments:

  1. Just shows how much your gardening space means a lot to you and how it gives you joy :) glad you found the trowel!

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    1. I consider myself very lucky to have two gardening spaces to enjoy, especially as I live in a second floor flat! The dream would be to have my own garden, just outside the kitchen door but I'll settle for what I've got as I'm a lot luckier than many other urban dwellers. Yes, phew, thank goodness the trowel was spotted before it got buried!!

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  2. I'm always losing things. I search everywhere for things and when I stop looking they turn up where I am sure that I have looked several times. I think that we have a poltergeist

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    1. Oh that happens all the time to me at home as well! I sometimes stand there and say to no-one in particular (the poltergeist) "it's not funny, just put it back" and find the whatever soon after! In the garden, I'm easily distracted by so many things (and let's face it, weeding is dull work) which is why tools get left around. I nearly lost my secateurs in the compost heap the other day as they were under a pile of weeds!

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    2. I once found some lost secateurs and a glove when emptying a compost bin. The secateurs weren't too bad but the glove!!!

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  3. I agree with you. It is indeed magical

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    1. Hmm, Esther, you seem to be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi if the link is correct. I'm so pleased that you've enjoyed reading my blog.

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  4. I remember a lovely poppy at my plot when I first took it on and it was all overgrown. I find that time stands still when I go through the site gates. Turns out it's been speeding past all the time when I get back outside - but it's nice while it lasts. I'm always losing the hand tools while I'm working. And I consider myself fairly organised usually! I can put my hand on most things at home. It drives me nuts when the trowel disappears mid-plant. CJ xx

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  5. Nice post and lovely picture. I'm glad you found your trowel.
    In answer to your question it's the cornflowers at present. xx

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  6. So glad to read that your special trowel was just where you left it Caro! A good excuse to return to your plot though which I'm sure will have given you a boost. I'm forever mislaying items at the allotment and have even returned home to find that I've left my phone there. Fabulous poppies. I'm enjoying poppies too at the moment - very dark burgundy ones :)

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