Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Thursday, February 24, 2011


It was a lovely sunny, spring-like today - a fact reflected in the blog entries of gardeners all over the UK, no doubt - so what a shame I was stuck indoors.

But if the wolf is to be kept from the door, a living has to be made, so no playing at the Hill for me today.

A little bright spark in my day, though, was to see these tiny tete-a-tete narcissi just coming into flower by the front door when I went to buy a paper at lunchtime.

They are so tiny, I had to practically stand on my head to take the photo, much to the amusement of a number of passers-by.

But spread a little happiness, eh?


  1. Gorgeous, aren't they? I have a few patches of these in the garden but they are open yet. When we got the chickens I fell for a small yellow bucket which came with compost and tete a tetes. I planted the bulbs out in the garden and I use the bucket for the evening treat of corn!

  2. Wasn't that a wonderful day! All the crocus in our front garden opened up fully. After completing all the necessary jobs (food shopping etc) I planned to spend the rest of the day outside. I got as far as opening the greenhouse and getting all the compost, trays and seeds ready. Then I got sidetracked - laying flagstones and painting the new fencing panel. Still, I was out in the sunshine and I'm pleased I've done those jobs now.
    I suppose we'd better decide when we can paint the muck skip next! Do you still think we should paint some flowers on the side? See you soon.

  3. I have some spare onion sets, both red and white, on the bench of my greenhouse....do help yourself

  4. The wolf arrived with a vengeance a few months ago, so I was able to spend quite a a few hours on the plot on Thursday. Wish I'd worn a hat to keep the sun off!

    Our allotments made the front page of the Sutton Observer this weekend for the wrong reason :-(

  5. I guess yours will be a week or so behind ours, Flum - but you'll have no time to sit and stare with those new chickies to keep in line!

    Yes, Chris, now that the weather has warmed up a bit, I guess we'd better get our paintbrushes out! A splosh all over with green paint should do it (I think Hadyn said it would be provided - no idea what we should use??) - we don't have to paint inside, presumably?? I fancy a yellow sunflower or two like on the side of my blog - but you're the artistic one! I'll try and catch up with you at the weekend for a chat.

    Julie, you are a superstar! You'll see from the next blog entry that I have taken you at your word and made rather a dent in the net of red onion sets.... Thank you, thank you!

    Nice to see you John - you see, I knew everyone would be down on their plots but me! I saw the report in the paper, and was very sorry to hear about the damage done. I hope you can get some funding for the fencing, and that might help solve the problem (but probaably not the determined) - it might be worth approaching fencing companies and seeing if they could effect repairs in return for produce/the publicity?

  6. How lovely to have the narcissus in flower. We're still on snowdrops, aconite and a few crocus. Daffs shouldn't be long now.

  7. Yes, I'm looking forward to the pics of your daffs, Bilbo - you should be reaping the rewards of your hard work on that border this year.


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