green. and white. and pink. and blue

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If you are wondering why I’ve not mentioned our allotment, this is because I was hoping that ‘the situation’ that has unfolded around the allotment would have resolved itself by now. This is ‘the situation': basically the allotment man at the council managed to double book our plot, and it was assigned to someone else. We were then offered another allotment, at a site several miles away, but have decided to hold out for the plots nearest to us. As I may have mentioned, ‘our’ allotments are a short walk from our back door. Allotment man, having admitted his error, is apparently doing all he can, but the wheels of allotment administration move extremely slowly. Still no allotment, then, I am very sad to say. And, having stomped our feet both at allotment man and the council, there’s not much we can do but wait. But its very frustrating. The season is advancing, I am listening to gardeners question time, reading my veg growing books, and watching others getting on with the happy business of digging and planting with no small degree of wistfulness.

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Meanwhile, Spring comes on in all its crazy abundance. I was put in mind the other day of a singular moment a few years ago when, having spent a couple of months working out of the country, I returned to Scotland in early May. Everything was just so damn green — the whole world was singing with green, with that colour’s energy and potential. I remember thinking the obvious stuff– were things always this green? What have I been missing?

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So while I have no part in the making of green things, I am enjoying the general green immensely. Over the past few weeks, the paths on which I walk have been completely transformed. Blank brown spaces have suddenly become ridiculously verdant. Weeds are pushing up through paving stones, and every hard edge I used to see has been softened by the lines of stems and foliage. And flowers. There are flowers everywhere, and I am enjoying them all: the blossom past its best on the straight lines of municipally planted cherry trees; resilient, fragrant gorse and hawthorn; bluebells lighting up the undergrowth with their almost neon glow. So while I don’t yet have my allotment, right now, the whole city seems like my garden. A poem of colour: of green, and white, and pink . . .

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. . . and blue.

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20 responses

  1. Good luck with your allotment situation- it’s well worth it to wait for one as close as possible to your home.

    The best of city gardening is the enjoyment of all of the trees and flowers that fill the streets and parks. I even delight in the beauty of some of the ‘weeds’ knowing that I’m not responsible for them.

    But, to be able to take care of the soil and bring home to eat and enjoy the flowers and fruits of your labor is truly a wonder. You’ll have your own space soon.

  2. I know very little about flowers, but that last picture is absolutely my favorite shade of blue – rich, silvery-blue. It’s got a subtle silvery sheen to it, but not so much that it makes the color look washed out. *sigh*

    Good luck with the allotment czars! Hope you’re able to get to growing soon.

  3. So sorry to hear about the allotment. I did wonder ….. but if you want to practice a bit of digging and gardening I know of a great plot a little further afield that needs some tender, loving digging ….

  4. Grrr what a drag about the allotment…hope it gets sorted soon!…thanks for all that indulgence of green and spring…..so lush….makes me miss my bluebell wood in Dunkeld!

  5. When i asked for my allotment in Edinburgh i initially was given a half plot and the other half then became vacant and i was offered that too – i didn’t need it so refused it but it gave me the chance to see what i could manage. To be honest a full plot would have been far too much for me and i had more veggies than I knew what to do with – i think i got my weekly shopping bill down to about £12 a week – excluding the odd bottle of wine, of course. Perhaps you could ask for a half plot too – the turnover is quite high so the chances are you would get the other half eventually. Good luck with it – it’s great fun!!

  6. I love all the flowers and birds and things at this time of year. Your photos are beautiful!

    Tonight I had the treat of walking through many pedestrian walkways surrounded by FROGS! They all came out after the rain. I forgot how beautiful they are and how much I love to see them crawling and hopping about.

  7. Your photos have really captured the spring.. I love the forget-me-nots – a most secret romantic flower. I’d like to second the idea of trying for a half-plot. I started with a whole allotment and found the upkeep a bit overwhelming… (although I really enjoyed the seed-planting and planning!) perhaps better to start hankering for more? [also, even though I was a novice and didn't grow much at first, I always came home with bags of vegetables from other allotment-holders, only too pleased to find a good home for extra produce..]

  8. Good luck with the allotment situation!

    Oh! I Love the green in Scotland, and that big contrast between green and brown when you just go out of the city! When people know that I’m Portuguese they always ask about the whether thing, my answer most of the time is that Scotland is a beautiful country too and so, so green and if it wasn’t for the constant rain, it would never be like this…

  9. It’s so hard to wait for something you really want! I enjoyed your flower photos, especially the last photo (what is that flower). I think the local Hummingbirds would love them. I live in Southern California so hopefully they would do well in a warm climate.

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