This Week’s Harvest – 2017, week 9

This week I have continued to harvest some leeks to go in the freezer and have had another crop from my forced rhubarb!

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We harvested 900g of rhubarb this week which went into a lovely rhubarb crumble again!

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And we harvested 820g of leeks, 4 of which were given to Sam’s mum which was a lovely accompaniment to the trout dinner that she served us yesterday!

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In Memoriam

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For the last 15 years, my beautiful dog Maisie, has been a part of my life. She has been there with me through GCSE’s, A levels and University and, although a family pet, she has lived with me on and off, landlord permitting, since I have moved into my own place. She has enjoyed country walks with Sam and myself up until her arthritis got the better of her and enjoyed coming down to the allotment with us (even if she did find it a little boring!)

Maisie was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma last week and unfortunately suddenly died the next day. It has been a heartbreaking time for me as I feel like I have lost my best friend and in the days since her passing, I have missed her so very much!

To celebrate her life and give us something to always remember her by, Sam and I have decided to plant a rose in the herb garden at the allotment in memory of my darling little dog. Unfortunately, I have had trouble tracking down a rose called ‘Maisie’ but we did find one called ‘Little White Pet’ which I felt was quite appropriate!

We have ordered it from David Austin Roses and it is arriving today. It will have pride of place next to the bench we are going to put in the herb garden as Maisie often sat with us by the bench when we were having lunch hoping that we would throw her a little treat every now and then (which, of course, we did – who could resist those eyes!)

I can never replace my lovely girl, she was definitely one of a kind – she loved going with us wherever we went and felt it was only right to plant the rose at the allotment where I spend most of my time! Hopefully, I will be able to care for this rose as much as I cared for Maisie!

She was a beautiful dog and I’ll forever remember her in my heart!

 

Orchid Paradise!

When I first got into gardening and growing my own veg, I very much felt that if I couldn’t eat it then there was no point in growing it!

However, as I have traveled on this horticultural journey, I have realised just how much I adore every part of growing and gardening. I love growing flowers whether they are edible or not, for the bees and the non-cabbage-white-butterfly butterflies (I really don’t like cabbage white butterflies!) and also just for the sheer delight of looking at them.

This has inevitably extended into my home and I now have a range of houseplants, most of which you can commonly find in most garden centres. I have a spider plant, ti trees, a ficus, a yukka and an ever growing collection of Phalaeonopsis orchids (moth orchids). There is even one currently on my desk in my office (rescued from a Wyevale garden centre who had over zealously watered the plant to near death!).

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The moth orchid on my desk!
At home, I currently have 7 moth orchids and I am always keen to expand on this collection (much to Sam’s disappointment!). I have started to collect orchids with different flower colourings and markings. I currently have five in flower and have recently, successfully, managed to get one of my orchids to send up a new flower spike!

Due to my ever-growing love for orchids I visited a place at the weekend called Orchid Paradise located in Newton Abbot in Devon. It was a bit of a long trek down to Devon but totally worth it if you have a passion for Orchids and are in that neck of the woods.

The cafe inside was also lovely where Sam, his mum and I enjoyed a lovely Savoury Cream Tea! A buttery cheese scone with Devon Chutney, tomato and cheese and, I have to say, a very generous pot of delicious tea!

I came out with five new orchids – three of them babies a few years off flowering and two in-flower orchids.

I meant to take pictures whilst I was there but got caught up in the excitement of it all so I guess if you want to see what it is like then you will have to take a trip yourself!