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Open Gardens at the allotments [Jul. 16th, 2017|08:58 pm]

We visited the local allotments for their Open Gardens afternoon; you pay an entrance fee (which goes to charity) and then you wander round the allotments and chat to people (and occasionally they invite you to sample their raspberries, which is no hardship). Lots of sweet peas this year - not a spectacular flower, but such a pretty scent. Lots of sweetcorn, too. I had thought there were two reasons why you can't grow sweetcorn here: we're too far north, and anyway, there are badgers on those allotments, and they are very fond of sweetcorn. As if this weren't enough entertainment, there was a theme. Last year there were scarecrows, but this year there was Art, and visitors were asked to vote for their favourite piece. I liked a bold, almost abstract painting of some pears on a royal blue background, displayed alongside some actual (bought from M&S, because of course it isn't the season) pears, on a royal blue towel, but I think this has to be the winner:

Vincent's chair

There was fruit and veg and quite a bit of jam on sale at the entrance (this may have been [personal profile] durham_rambler's favourite bit), so were came home with gooseberries and tayberries and jostaberries (a cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant and - this is important! - not prickly).

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[User Picture]From: desperance
2017-07-17 05:31 am (UTC)
I do love that there are badgers. Of course there are badgers. They are probably grumpy, and armed with loaded pistols.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-07-17 10:01 am (UTC)

Uncommon garden pests

I don't think they need any weapons beyond their strong arms. And - like me - they are only grumpy if thwarted.
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[User Picture]From: fauxklore
2017-07-17 08:28 pm (UTC)
I just encountered jostaberries for the first time a couple of weeks ago at our local farmer's market. I rather liked them, but the season is short.
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