Flowers, Herbs & Perennials

My much loved herb garden is my favourite part of the allotment. Situated right outside my shed, it’s the first thing you smell when you walk on to the plot. A sensory treat, I currently have Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Lemon Thyme, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Camomile, Bay, Chives, Fennel, Echinacea and Russian Sage

 

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Echinacea

 

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Lavender

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Chives

I also grow a lot of flowers at the allotment as I love the splash of colour and am always trying to create pollinator friendly environments. Pollinators are not only necessary for productive crops but bees are quickly becoming endangered due to the overuse of pesticides and weedkillers and they need all the help we can give them in terms of food sources. My plot is always buzzing with bees and it makes me happy to know I’m doing a little bit for our furry flying friends.

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This year, I planted up a wildflower border beside the polytunnel for the bees, I call it Buzz Alley as it’s packed with bees and currently my borage is in full swing. Heaven.

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You can read all about my love affair with borage  here and learn some tips for growing it yourself.

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Marigolds are a fab flower for veggie gardens, they’re easy peasy to grow from seed and make brilliant companion plants for carrots, tomatoes, cabbages, or anything that slugs love to eat.

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Nasturtium are an edible flower and look amazing when planted in veggie beds. They’re loved by bees, taste great in salads and make a good companion plant for many of my crops.

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Sweet Peas are just necessary in a garden, they smell amazing and have the sexiest little flowers. Yes, I think flowers are sexy. Deal with it.

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Aquilegia are one of my favourite plants, they have beautiful blooms and tend to self seed all over a garden. This beauty was a birthday gift from my parents this year.

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Erysimum are lovely wallflowers that I have a few of in my garden, taken as a cutting from my parents garden, they bloom nearly all year round and attract bees.

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Foxgloves are a beautiful flower and a great addition to my plot. They are a biennial plant so need to be resown every year to ensure you always have some in summertime. Loved by bees, not so much by humans, foxgloves are highly toxic so do NOT eat them.

Asparagus, my favorurite spring vegetable is finally ready for harvest after three years of establishing

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Artichokes: Probably the most infuriating annual vegetable to grow because it needs to be eaten before the gorgeous flowers open (also, have you tried to bloody cook one of these things? How does one even do that?)

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Nigella: I have a bit of a penchant for blue flowers, I planted a few Nigella two years ago and now they can be found all over the plot.

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I love gladioli and for ads of them on my plot, they are all different colours and create a gorgeous display of colour in late summer.

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My lovely geranium, taken from my Mam’s garden and just always reminds me of home.

 

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