The Unexpected Gift

Who doesn’t love a ‘gifted plant’? In fact, could you honestly turn down anything garden related?  How many of you have accepted a plant that…well…you’ll have to squeeze into your already planted to the brim garden or allotment?

I confess, I couldn’t but then, ‘I am an addict’.

My addiction to plants and all things gardening is relatively new. In fact, it’s been two to three years since I began growing the odd plant. I am now gripped by the gardening bug and my obsession with plants is slowly taking over my life.

It started innocently enough, with a pot of chrysanthemums and a couple of ‘surplus’ tomato plants from my parents.  I practised my gardening skills in my little Victorian garden, family garden and vegetable garden, experimenting with growing vegetables and fruit in small raised beds, greenhouse and a veg trug.

In January 2015, I felt confident enough to take on an allotment followed by a second plot in May 2015 and now my love of gardening has become all consuming…

I now struggle to resist buying any beautiful new flower (especially if it’s sweetly scented). Now most people would understand the pull of a pretty petal, however I’m the same with my allotment veg!  I love trying to grow something new…Mexican spinach, goji berries, cucamelons, tomatillios, black raspberries, Rosella tomatoes to name but a few!

This year my intention was to keep it simple. Nothing fancy. Back to basics. However, I’ve ‘fallen off the vegetable cart’…but I blame my parents!

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A gift from ‘the parents’…A lemon cucumber.  Who could resist?  Not me for sure and I hate cucumber!!
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Teeny tiny banana shallots. Ok, my planting is a bit haphazard but they will soon grow into little beauties!

‘The banana shallot, or echalion, is a cross between a regular shallot and an onion. It has inherited the best qualities from each side, the larger size of the onion (though it is elongated in shape – hence the name “banana shallot“) and the mildness and sweetness of the shallot.’

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Tutti Frutti Cherry Tomatoes – They’re new…it says so on the label!!
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Tutti Frutti mandarin tomatoes…both plants are ‘silly’ prices but who could resist a tomato with a taste of orange or cherry?  It would be ‘rude’ not to try them at least once!

It doesn’t stop with plants…no, no…I lust after gardening tools too! I put the blame for this one squarely at Monty Don’s door! Planting spades, flat heart shaped trowel, cloches…oh the temptation!

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Tillers…I really needed these, honestly.

 

The cold weather isn’t helping.  I’m itching to start the growing season.  The greenhouse is full of seedlings, some of which I’ve planted under fleece but I want more! I need some warmth to keep my mind from wandering…

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Onions…sturon, centurion and stuttgarter giant.
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Broad beans…hardened off.

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Broad beans and onions transferred to the allotment and snuggled up under fleece.

The ‘addiction’ doesn’t stop with me, I’m sorry to say…Tiddler A can’t resist a bit of muck and the magic of gardening.

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Preparing the pea gutters.
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Good job Tiddler A!

I’m hoarding plants and gardening tools because it cold…that’s it…it will stop when the weather warms, really it will. Unless I’m bought another gardening related gift!

 

3 thoughts on “The Unexpected Gift”

  1. Lol, I’m the person who can’t walk passed the left over plants from the annual village plant sale without having a rummage and ‘rescuing’ a few pathetic looking specimens, whether I need/have room for them or not 😀

    The lemon cukes look interesting 😉

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