JULY 2019

Well, what a mixed bag of weather for the last three months.

Plants seemed to be all out of kilter. Snowdrops seemed to be over in no time.

We all thought there would be no daffodils for the competition but we were proved wrong and a superb number of entries were shown. Congratulations to Dave Baggott for his winning entry. The Spring Bowl was won by Anne Brett. Well done to everyone who entered.

With the mad spring weather and tulips flowering well before time it was touch and go for our new tulip competition entries. Fortunately there were a few entries and congratulations go to Bob Gwynn with his trio of exquisite blooms.

Summer is just round the corner. My allotment is coming along nicely in spite of a little neglect. Have harvested some broad beans, which overwintered beautifully. Strawberries are well developed and just need to ripen. A few early ones were nabbed by birds but my cage is now in place. The Mini Munch cucumbers seem to be growing by inches on a daily basis. Apple blossom was spectacular this year and were well pollinated, so I have high hopes of a good crop. Time will tell.

Rhubarb grew almost overnight so needed to do something with the crop – Rhubarb Gin. Makes a change from jams and crumbles.

Also I needed to clear freezer as I had surplus of raspberries. I put them to good use too! Hic.

Denise Kovarovic