Slow painting

Sunday, 29 March 2009

New Neighbours


The half-plot next to ours has been unkempt since the end of the summer, despite having crops of strawberries, cabbages and brussels sprouts planted. We heard on the site grapevine that the owner had moved on to a full plot. Last Sunday the new owner appeared, and in a whirlwind of activity hauled out the cabbage stumps, dug over the ground, and as a sign that he meant business, cut down the holly bush that was taking up a good quarter of the plot.

Rather alarmingly it turns out that he works at the Royal Botanic Gardens. He must have seen my alarm, because he was quick to reassure me that he wasn't a horticulturalist, but a tropical plant specialist. I'd still put him in the 'knowing a fair bit about plants' category. Perhaps I can pick up some tips.

He was accompanied by his two young sons, who found the whole event full of excitement and wonder. With two older teenage children I'd forgotten just how full-on life is at that stage.

8 comments:

Chriss said...

Great blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

But just think of what you could learn from him. I'm pleased for you that he seems a good allotment keepeer. There is nothing worse than having your neighbours weeds blowing over your way.

Margaret

Peggy said...

He is going to see a big difference between tropical plants and digging around on a muddy allotment!

Carolyn said...

There is nothing like new neighbours, good or bad....there is always something to learn! Thanks for sharing.
Smiles

T and S said...

He sure is turning the place on its head. I hope you will get to see a new look plot next to yours soon.

Deb said...

hopefully the new neighbor will blend in well

Kris said...

How exciting. Not just that your new neighbor works at the botanical gardens, but that he and his sons will bring enthusiasm and another perspective on allotment gardening. And I won't be surprised if he doesn't look to YOU for some advice. ;-D

Sue said...

What fun! Please show us progress photos. I read the other posts in between, and am glad your head got better after your injury.