Peas and Cerinthe | the Allotment in June

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It has finally warmed up, and the allotment is starting to green up nicely. Everything is slower than I want it to be, but part of that is just that I am impatient. As with last year, nothing is perfect, there have been and will continue to be frustrations and losses, but we’ll get a harvest. It might just be that things take a little longer due to the weather. It has been so overcast and cool this spring that things just seem to stand still for weeks on end. Still, I know we’re making progress, even if it feels glacial.

The peas are doing well. These are an heirloom variety called ‘Blauwschokker’. The plants grow to 150cm and have really pretty flowers that mature into purple pods. They can be eaten as mangetout or left to mature. I’ll probably do a bit of both. They’re a new-to-us variety this year but they’re so beautiful I’ll definitely grow them again next year.

Orlaya and the first of the sweet peas. The sweet peas are ‘Beaujolais’. The Orlaya was tricky to germinate, I’ll try direct sowing in autumn as it’s said to lead to better germination rates and taller flower stems in the spring. Still, the single Orlaya seed I did manage to germinate has produced a lovely flower head. I’ll let it go to seed so that I have my own fresh seed for autumn.

Cerinthe, grown for beauty and the bees, and one of the many volunteer nasturtium plants that has sprung up from last year’s plants that I allowed to go to seed.

Our arch is doing well. I reinforced it in early April with new rods of willow and hazel, and the vines have started to spread themselves across it nicely. I’m growing two types of clematis – a type 1 and a type 3, two types of jasmine, an akebia quinata vine and a passiflora vine up this arch. It’s going to be a tangle of different vines that flower at different times. When it comes to plantings, I don’t like things to look too ordered or too neat. The bed structure itself is neat and orderly, and that’s enough.

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