Allotment in September

Tales from the Allotment 


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To blend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cells.


JOHN KEATS 1794 – 1821


This poem is particularly apt this year, the allotments have swelled with mellow fruitfulness, and everyone seems pleased with their harvest.


The location of the allotments is so perfect, the solitude one finds, maybe one or two other people working there, the sounds of nature the birds flying over, off to their winter homes, the pheasant at the top of the field letting everyone know he is there, but unseen, and the fruit of your labour right there in front of you.



We decided to enter the local Horticultural Show, I baked some cakes and made chutney and pickled some onions.   Hubbs dug up his best vegetables, scrubbed and trimmed them and we took them to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning.  When we returned in the afternoon to see the show, what wonderment, the hall was full of flowers, fruit and vegetables, of every shape and size, the flowers were most beautiful and so many people had made a great effort to make it a good show.   To Hubbs amazement they gave him a CUP!  ‘The Encouragement Cup’.   Well done to everybody who took part in the show and a big thank you to the members of the Horticultural Society, for organising it, a great day was had by all.

 Doddinghurst allotments are featured in the October issue of BBC Gardeners World Magazine on the letters page  Suki x


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10 Responses to Allotment in September

  1. Magick says:

    WOW….that looks like a rich bounty you’ve got there.  And that’s a nice cup that they gave your hubby.  You can’t beat fresh out of your own garden.

  2. Barb and Harold Whitney says:

    WOW….  Thank you for the tour…  my site isn’t much…  but I’m learning.  I just havien’t figured oout how to download the pictures….  I too love to grow things here in E. Washington and I write short stories.  I’ll send you some if your interested…  Thanks for your visit and hope to hear from you again.
    Barb W.

  3. John says:

    Well done you, that is one thing that we do not have around here, a village show. There isn’t a Horticulture Society, there is a Gardeners Club in Cromer but they do not appear to have any Club events, nor do they encourage new members. The local paper never has an advert nor or there any posters in the library. Social events by non profit making societies, ie W.I. Rotary. Church events are all given free space in the weekly paper., but I have never seen the Cromer gardening club mentioned. Anyway enough moaning, Congtatulations on winning the cup.  Tip coming up. Have a good luck at the winners and runner up’s entries so that you learn what the standard required is. If I know most Village Shows it will be surprisingly high.

  4. Dusty says:

    Well done Suki and Hubby – you did great – congratulations – and good photo’s too – you will ‘wipe the board’ next year – great produce – enjoy it.

  5. SIMON says:

    Hi Sue’s, couldn’t get on to messinger yesterday, couldnt even touch my internet, guess it was to busy coz it wouldnt let me play, well i am out in the countryside, what do i expect, anyway i hope to be able to be on tonight and the rest of the week like normal, i have a new recipe on my space, A CRUMBLE, yummy in my tummy, speak to you soon loads of love from simon XXXXXXXXXXXXx

  6. Coffee With Kate says:

    Hmmmmmm, what wonderful pickings from your garden. I adore cooking with fabulous produce.
    Take care

  7. Longfella says:

    Hi Suki–beautiful collection of pictures and produce.Must give you great satisfaction and thanks for putting them on your site. Re:your comment will write a blog shortly–Dusty will have filled you in–her round next.

  8. Marie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You did a great job. 
    Last week,  I saw some firm red tomatoes in my favorite neighborhood supermarket and thought of your tomato chuney recipe so I purchased some with some apples and made some chutney.  I made enough to last me for about half a year!! Thank you for inspiring me.
    Hugs, Marie

  9. ellen says:

    hi suki, lucky you ,a chef on your space,lol,just paid him a visit,bet he can give you loads of recipes for all your allotment produce,
    bet shroomy will be impressed also,lol,
    you know how she likes her mushrooms,wink, wink,

  10. Marie says:

    Hi Suki,
    The susuki is one of the most popular flowers of autumn in Japan. Although they grow wild in the countryside, many people grow some in their gardens in this concrete jungle of Tokyo because they really make the garden lovely during this time of the year.  I am glad you like it and of course, you are welcome to a copy of it.
    Hugs, Marie

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