The idea when I got the allotment was not only to grow vegetables, but to grow flowers for cutting, and although I wish we'd gone for 10 rods rather than 5 (that's another story), I am still determined to make space for beautiful blooms.
I had already made an area for Sweet Williams and Wallflowers, they have been in for sometime, and are well established and flourishing.
Deciding what else to grow was made easy by the fact that whilst browsing the online seed catalogue, I noticed that some of my favourite flowers were in the sale.
Lily of the Valley is a flower ,and fragrance that I have always loved, but have had limited success with growing it at home, so perhaps I will have more luck at the allotment. My Grandmother used to call it the May Lily so I'm assuming that is the flowering month.
I have also chosen Ornamental Alliums, Superglobe, and Drumstick. A mixture of medium to tall alliums with large globe shaped heads, which should flower from May to June.
Last but by no means least, Freesias. I love their scent and have planted 40 mixed colours. I've never grown them before so have high hopes. ( By the way did you know that Freesia flowers are 'zygomorphic' which
means that they grow along one side if the stem in a single plane.)
Whilst planting, Ray sauntered down to our plot to see what progress we had made, Ray has 15 well farmed rods, and grows just about everything from cabbages and beans to blueberries and peanuts.
As he cast an expert eye over our patch he asked what I was sowing? “Alliums and Freesias”I told him. “But you can't eat Freesias, can you?
I reassured him that I was also planting Lily of the Valley which is really a herb, a small consolation.
As virtuous as growing your own food is, growing flowers feeds my soul.