Firstly I would like to give my gratitude to Sujatan for the use of this site. Also may I wish Sally well as she continues with her work in France.
Here in Newcastle, the sunshine, apart from the odd shower, has been almost relentless. The long hot month of july reminding me of my childhood. Many hours spent playing football in the local park. The annual family holiday, which was more often than not spent in Blackpool. The six week school holiday period always ending too soon.
As for the allotment the veg' has been growing rapidly. Cabbage, Sprouts, Broad Beans, Leeks, Cauliflower, and Potatoes have been ''enjoying'' the sun. However,the Sprouts have been infested by aphids. The lavender plants that Sally planted last season have been revealing their scent as the warm summer breeze has attracted the bees that dance from plant to plant. Hovering above the sweet scented flowers for a while before landing gently.
Irene's rose is in ''full bloom''. The deep red flowers are in abundance. The lady birds making regular visits ensuring that the aphids are kept at bay. The imasge of Irene with her secateurs reminding me that the bush will need pruning in a few months time.
Rachel and myself have planted two rows of marigolds along the side of the red path. Underneath Irene's rose, we have planted another three heathers that have given some much needed ground cover. Namo Amida Bu. colin