The allotment garden, almost mid-June

I went down to the allotment to weed and put my last few veggies in. Some more tomatoes (these ones are called rainbow, and it looks like they mature into a range of colours, which would be pretty on a plate), some hot cherry peppers, and green and yellow zucchini.

I was probably there for about 3 hours. I also harvested some lettuce (I’ll take a picture of my harvest tomorrow in daylight: the storm was coming in and it was too dark outside to shoot, and I was too bagged to set up some proper lighting). Did lots of weeding – I could always tell when it was mint or dill that was coming up, because there are lots of those volunteering in my garden.

Today I thought I’d show you the flowers in my vegetable garden. They’re around two of the edges that abut with other people’s gardens, so they’re not in the way, and — well, they add colour.

Lupins are going crazy in the allotment gardens. They self-seed very well, and I think they cross-breed, too, because the range of colours is very pretty.

Cross-breeding lupins
And these are more of the traditional ones. I also have some that are purple and white.

Classic purple lupins

Speaking of purple, I had fully opened chive flowers today. They came home for food purposes. I may try drying some of them.

Chive flower

And my favourite, today, is my herbaceous peony. My neighbour gave it to me last year. You see, he had just bought a house, and figured he wasn’t going to have the time to come tend to the flower (and some veggies) that he planted in his garden. He had lots of peonies and a range of lupin colours as well, and it all harmonized very nicely. He took most of his peonies with him when he left, but gave me one. I love the colour, and the fragrance is really nice, too. I may have to try splitting it this fall and bring a section to my house.

A gift from a neighbour
And here’s a final shot for today — one of my neighbours’ gardens. This one is completely devoted to flowers.

Neighbour's garden

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About pat

Visual thinker, first got interested in digital imagery in the early days of Omni magazine, back when it used to review what had happened at SIGGraph. I worked in the 3D software field for 23 years. Lifelong enjoyment of gardening grew over time; I was a Master Gardener (briefly) and had a vegetable and herb allotment garden in Toronto to grow vegetables, as well as perennial gardens at home. Gardening and enjoying fresh produce also raised my interest in cooking with really good local food. As more restaurants in Toronto are offering local fare, I enjoy dining out and sampling the visions the different chefs have.

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