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It’s 2nd November. Perfect time to visit the allotment and get some of those important winter jobs done.
But weirdly you don’t expect to see this.
It’s a Passion flower in great bloom. Three similar blossoms and dozens of buds. It’s November! But it’s been between 16 and 22 degrees C for the last couple of weeks. Okay so late Autumn.
We’ve had an allotment about nine years. In that time we’ve seen a range of weather and conditions. There’s been a variety of flowers, fruit and foliage. But November!
I looked it up on this weather website.
Here’s an image from the same site.
It’s supposed to be between 9 and 4. Today it’s 16 degrees!
Put it this way – So I’m not a climate change denier!
Meanwhile from a more normal point of view.
Remember those yellow flowering Giants?
They are Jerusalem artichokes and today I pulled a good few up out of the ground. They’re a prolific permanent crop. They enjoy total neglect and spread like wild fire. I pulled about three big plants and a couple of smaller ones and yielded half a bucket of tubers with no effort.
Later this week I’ll be cooking with them. Plus chickens apparently enjoy them too.
A bonus onion or two and the final runner beans joined the bucket.
Meanwhile as the digging progressed the last of the beetroot were accessible.
We planted a multicoloured variety this year and they are already boiling nicely.
To brighten our efforts we had the bonus of some more purple kale. I expect we’ll be drying more chips soon.
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