Sunday, September 25, 2011

Postcard from Martineau Gardens

I'm fond of late summer/early autumn for a number of reasons, including fruitfulness. When I visited Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston harvest was in progress in the veg plots while laden boughs in the orchard begged to be scrumped. Grapes dangled from their vine and enticed with the promise of a nice glass of red. Although, I have to admit to doubts about how Brum-grown wine would turn out.

Not that my local produce can be faulted in any other way. I've been fortunate to have been gifted some cucumbers from a friend's garden about a mile away and some tomatoes from the allotments next door - can't get more locally sourced than that. Well, I could; if I did any gardening of my own. As someone who has managed to kill a houseplant in the last week though, I think it safest to admire plants from afar. Until they're ready for my plate of course.

5 comments:

Lexi said...

Don't tell me you could resist eating one of those grapes?

I believe growing vegetables is one long war of attrition with pests, and best left to the experts.

postcardsfromk said...

I was, of course, on my best behaviour, Lexi! As for expert horticulture - my lawn is putting on a great show of weeds at the moment...

Timberati said...

Weeds? They are only weeds if they are unwanted. They are doing nicely? Act as though those plants were exactly what you wanted all along. "Why, yes, they are doing well, aren't they?"

postcardsfromk said...

I like your thinking, Norm. Another bonus is that weeds don't need watering...
K

Timberati said...

Of course they don't need water. That's why you chose them--they were adapted to the site. Brilliant thinking on your part.