Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Matron's Flower Show

This week in London it's the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This week in Hillingdon it's Matron's Flower Show! I know where I'd rather bee. Actually, I am leaving for a short break cruising the Norwegian fjords tomorrow, so I'll leave you with my flower show. Purple Podded Peas
More raspberries
Broad Bean.
Plenty of bees around this year. Please do everything you can to encourage them to your garden!


At 3:50 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Great photos Matron. I really like the striped bumble bee, ours are not nearly as stripy. The spinach flowers are interesting, never seen them before.

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

I second that - great photos, gal after my own heart with all those fruit & veg blossoms to feature. Never got spinach to do much, guess I need an acidic corner or container next time I try. Hadn't realized that about it needed a different pH from the rest of what I like to grow for salads. Have fun on the Fjords, my ancestral home waters that I've never visited! Maybe someday.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Celia Hart said...

Beautiful floral display – aren't veg flowers beautiful! The chive flowers are particularly good this year, I sprinkle them on all sorts of things - salads, risottos, scrambled eggs...

Have fun in Scandinavia!

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Callum said...

Hi,I just found your blog and I love it very fun to read :)

At 8:35 PM, Blogger EB said...

Brilliant - my kind of flowers! Proper flowers that insects and feed off, that aren't all flourescent orange with pink stripes, etc etc (I'll let cork the rest of the rant).

Veg flowers are so exciting.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think you should award yourself a Gold Medal! Possibly best in show!

Fab post Matron. I hope you enjoy your holiday!


At 1:57 AM, Blogger Maggie said...

I love that shot of the chives. That's beautiful! Enjoy your cruise!

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Thanks for all the encouraging comments! The bees just love all these flowers and not only that, they seem to prefer them to 'other' flowers! Perhaps vegetable flowers make more of an effort to attract bees.

At 3:24 AM, Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

Missed your blog Matron. It has been busy here. Nice to see Tikka and Korma. I was thinking of you about sending you some duck eggs and asparagus, but I see you got your own. They are Rhode Island Reds...if you were wondering. They should lay good eggs. If you give them some corn the yolks will turn delicious orange. I think you should get some ducks : ). Have a great summer. ( I wished you lived closer...would have begged for some gooseberries...yum!)

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

The pea flowers are beautiful! Hope you had a good break from the plot!

At 3:46 AM, Blogger Corner Gardener Sue said...

Your flowers are lovely, even the broccoli! I have kale blooming right now, and the blooms are similar. I am pleased to be seeing different kinds of bees around, too.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Curmudgeon said...

How fun! I've come to appreciate the flower display that fruits, herbs and veggies put on as much as the one that annuals and perennials put on. This year I'm smitten with the strawberry flowers--first go at growing them.


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