Gardening; English Allotments


Allotment Moments


Warm days and bird song, flower scents and digging

Turn the earth, remove the weeds, have a cup of tea.


Friends stop by and say hello and peace permeates my bones

The hot Summer is approaching and the bees can feel it

buzzing among poppy heads such a wonderful sound.


Beds to dig and plant, soil to rake and soon it's time to go

One last peaceful look around and then it's off home

in time for tea.



There's something wonderful about English allotments

Our allotment in May
Our allotment in May
Full of the promise of things to come
Full of the promise of things to come
The planting's done
The planting's done
View over the allotments
View over the allotments
There's always someone flying a flag
There's always someone flying a flag
View of Woughton Church through the allotments
View of Woughton Church through the allotments

My husband and his friend have an allotment not too far from our house, and before I am even out of bed on a Saturday and Sunday that is where he is, occasionally I drive over later on or we go there to pick vegetables if I need something special for dinner. It's a little quiet peace of heaven, I have never heard a mobile phone ringing and everyone there always seems contented even if something isn't quite going according to plan. Everyone waves as you pass by on arrival and everyone waves you goodbye, it's a place where the modern world with it's occasional lack of manners has no place, the chickens are scratching at the earth in their coop, the bees are in the bee hives, people are digging and sharing advice, it's peaceful and long may it continue.


As a photographer I am mesmerised by the sheer beauty that is displayed in these green hideaways and so here is my humble tribute to English allotments and the flowers, food and happiness that they provide for many of us.


Precious Plums
Precious Plums

The Elegance of a Performing Snail

Well I know that we're not supposed to get excited by snails around our allotments and gardens but when I spotted this acrobatic little snail trying to reach from a leaf to the ground 2 feet below, I didn't say he was intelligent, I had to stop and take some photos and truth be told I did actually rescue him and pop him on a wall. My good deed for the day.

Upside Down Acrobatic Snail
Upside Down Acrobatic Snail

We recently installed a security camera at the allotment after a spate of thefts, the only thing we managed to capture on film being a couple of pigeons who love eating peas, who knew? A crow that marches around like it owns the place and a beautiful cloud of butterflies, which you can see on the video below.


And here are some of the beautiful and delicious things that we're growing.


Scottish Loganberry Bush

There's going to be a bumper crop of these
There's going to be a bumper crop of these

Borlotti Beans - Perfect for Italian Bean Soup

A whole batch of Borlotti Beans - even the pods are beautiful

Pea Patch

Apple Trees

Our Leaning Tower of Pear Tree

Oops - we must fix that
Oops - we must fix that

Mmmmmm is for Mint

Fruit Cages full of strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants

Lots of lovely Gooseberries fattening on the branches

Just after these photographs were taken we came back to find they were all gone - someone stole them - for the second year running :(
Just after these photographs were taken we came back to find they were all gone - someone stole them - for the second year running :(

Blueberry blossoms

And we have to have Flowers..........

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sensiva 5 years ago

Lovely ! Growing your own veggies is one of the most rewarding activities there is. We grow all our veggies self and then do a bit of commercial production of bell peppers on a smallish scale.

I like your photographs !

My plot is called The Pepperplot : http://pepperplot.com


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Grow 5 years ago from British Columbia - The Amsterdam Of North America

You have got yourself some nice looking gardens, not exactly the same type of garden that I would put together, but quite nice all the same. You might want to think of adding some herbs to your garden .. or maybe not .. I will leave that up to you.


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Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England Author

Hi Grow, we grow all our herbs and more fruit in our garden so that it's on hand for when I cook, I'll post more photographs later.


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Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England Author

Oh wow what a massive plot of land at the pepperplot, do you work at it full-time?


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sensiva 5 years ago

Hi Eileen

The Pepperplot is 5 Acres(2 hectares) in size. My wife works on the plot fulltime whereas I am still employed - I couldn't decide whether to say fortunately or unfortunately! Oh I forgot to say - beautiful Savoy cabbage.


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Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England Author

Thanks for that, the Savoy Cabbage was scrumptious and ended up in our Polish Pasta http://hubpages.com/food/Polish-Pasta...


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

It all looks so good.

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