Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Monday, 12 August 2013
The Weeding Operation
We dragged the teens out of bed yesterday morning to come with us to the allotment and help with the weeding operation, they were not happy. My son is a great help though, once he gets going on a job he puts a lot of effort in. I wish I could say the same about my daughter. She faffed about pulling out a few weeds before taking control of the camera and wandering about the site looking for things to photograph. When I came across this Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar, I knew it spelled the end of any work she was going to do as she spent quite a while taking snaps of it, one of which you can see here. They're huge caterpillars and fuchsias are one of their favourite foods, but as we don't have any fuchsias at the allotment, I can only imagine that all the rosebay willowherb, which is in the same family as fuchsias, is keeping its hunger at bay. We managed to get an hours work done before the heavens opened and a heavy rain shower drenched us and had us running for the car. There's still plenty to do, but we've made a start.
My sweet peas have been short lived this year. I was picking them for a while before we went on holiday, but unfortunately, they were left alone over the fortnight we were away and I came home to plants full of seed pods. I suppose they believe their work is now done as they've set seed so they won't bother producing any further flowers. It's a shame they were over so soon as I was enjoying bringing the blooms indoors, they had such a gorgeous scent.
The goldfinches have gone in to hiding since we've been away. I filled all the feeders up before we went on holiday but they were all empty on our return. I filled them again when we got home but it seems they must have found another food source in the meantime. I'm sure they'll come back again in their own time, but at least the chaffinces and greenfinches are still visiting.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.