Happy Birthday Lottie Land Girl Blog!

Ok I’m a day late so it’s a bit of a belated happy birthday :) I can’t honestly believe it’s been a year since I did my first ever blog for Lottie Land Girl.  I just wanted to thank you all for following my journey with Mr B & Jassy, for your lovely comments and sharing ideas.

Happy Birthday LLG

The world of ‘grow your own’ has opened up so many opportunities for me, it’s changed my life.  I’ve met lovely people in person and virtually.

So thanks everyone for a great time! Here’s to many more years :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Issue 3 2014

Lottie Land Girl In Print!

Happy Monday everyone :D I’ve had a great surprise this afternoon.  Me and Jassy went to check on the lottie after Bertha tore through the UK this weekend, thankfully I’ve still got my remaining 4 out of 6 sunflowers…

Issue 3 2014I picked up the latest copy of the Allotment & Leisure Gardener from under the shelter… My so chuffed my article and my winning competition picture has been printed too :)

Lottie Land Girl Article Lottie Land Girl Little Lady pictureA great start to the week! I’m one happy Lottie Land Girl :) xx

Pollen bottom feature

The Wonders Of The Globe Artichoke

Artichokes I’m in love… with globe artichokes! :) Each time I’ve been down to the plot in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been distracted by the beautiful lilac colours of a flowering artichoke, on a neighbours plot.  Standing tall, they look like giant thistles from a distance (they are from the thistle family), but up close they are alive with bee activity…

Artickoke Bee Bottoms

On one of my visits to this pretty flower I saw a tree bumble bee, a honey bee, a white tailed bumble bee and a red tailed bumble bee! All of them busy minding their own business, with their fluffy bottoms sticking up in the air,  foraging on this magnificent flower.  They remind me of sea anemones, they looked like they were swimming through the lilac tentacles… :)

Honey Bee on and Artichoke I'm coming in!Pollen bottom feature Bottoms up Covered in pollen Getting stuck in

I don’t think I can pass an opportunity to have these on the plot next year.  Not only are they striking to look at, they look fab when they’re in flower and maybe I could even try one (I’ve never tasted artichoke before).  The bees love them and I want to be able to sit for a while and watch them, a pretty distraction :)

I’m completely buzzy about bees! :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Happy Nation Allotment Week2

Happy National Allotment Week

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There’s still time to wish you all a Happy National Allotment Week :) I’ve not spent much time on the plot but I have walked passed and admired the site, looking full of life with happy flowers and bumper crops :) A happy place indeed!

Happy Nation Allotment Week3 Happy Nation Allotment Week Happy Nation Allotment Week1 Happy Nation Allotment Week2 Happy Nation Allotment Week4 Happy Nation Allotment Week5

Hope you’ve all had a great week on your plots .  What do you love the most about your plots? :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

In coming!

Wildflowers, Bees and Poppies

Red Poppy There’s nothing like seeing big bright red poppies :D I’ve mostly enjoyed the petals which have blown off on to the floor! To see them swaying in the breeze was a happy sight indeed :) best of all… they were buzzing!In coming!BuzzingThe closer I got to the poppies, the more I could hear them humming. Alive with all different types of bees.  I spotted, tree bumble bees, red tailed bumble bees, the lovely yellow and white bumbles and little honey bees.  They were everywhere!

Honey bee and LavenderBusy Honey BeeBug Lane Flower Patch

Mission complete.  I’d set out this year to have tons of flowers on the plot.  I know I’ve said it before but lottie plot 21a is an extension of our little shady garden at home.  Some people like their allotment to be purely veg and some people prefer a mix of both. I love the mixture.  It’s so great to see your crops thriving and busy with pollinating insects.  Ladybirds relaxing on the potato leaves,  bees chilling out on the Phacelia in the wildflower patch, natures hammock!

PhaceliaI’ve decided bees distract me too much (in a good way :D), I could literally sit there an watch them all day.  I admire them, they fascinate me and they’ve inspired me to paint them.  Do you have lots of flowers on your plot? I’m thinking ahead to next year now, I’ve got a list of flowers that I’d love to have…

  • Verbena
  • more Foxgloves
  • Cosmos
  • Feverfew
  • Ox eye daisies

It’s the best place to come and enjoy nature busy at work, while I pop my feet up and loose myself in it all for a while…

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Commemorating World War I copyright Kaz Brown copy

‘Lest We Forget’ World War I 100 Years Commemoration

Lest We Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

 

Shiny strawbs

Very Berry Strawberry

Shiny strawbsThis year has been fantastic for Strawbs :D We’ve got two beds packed full of them (you can never have too many!) We’re so surprised at how well they have done.  In the past couple of years we’ve lost most of the crop to mould and some very hungry slugs! :(  I think the hot, dry weather has helped us.  I’ve been down to the lottie most evenings to pick them.  We’ve had them with ice cream, in G&T and just on their own (a nice snack when your working hard on the allotment).  A couple of weekends ago, we went down in the evening to water the plot and to see how many had ripened since the last picking… :DDigging for strawbs

We picked over 1kg, which I have to say is pretty amazing for us. Plump, sweet, juicy strawberries.  For some reason, the pesky slugs seem to go for the biggest ones (grrr!) but even so I managed to pick at least 5 monsters that hadn’t been munched on :)A basket of Strawberries

Now I do love my strawberries, but I think we’d turn into one if we ate the lot… what to do with them?… strawberry jam research was on the cards!

Strawbs are great in a G&T
Strawbs add a real taste of summer to your G&T :D

What do you do with your strawberries? Have you got any recipes you’d like to share with me?

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Little Lady_Karrie_Brown

Thank you ‘Little Lady’

This morning I received a very exciting email… Diane from the National Allotment Society informed me that I have WON FIRST PRIZE in their allotment photography competition!  I just couldn’t believe it :)

I’m completely over the moon and so happy I could burst.  They said they will try and use the other images I submitted on their website and blog.  It’s all thanks to this ‘Little Lady’ taken last year on our allotment…

Little Lady_First Prize winner

This has been emailed from the National Allotment Society on their weekly newsletter…

NAS News Letter

Well done to everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the entries :)

With the prize money I’m going to be adding a new bug hotel on Bug Lane, adopt a beehive and get a beehive shaped garden storage box :D

So thank you ‘Little Lady’, what a happy day… I’m off to celebrate with a glass of champers! :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

 

 

 

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