Allotment colour in winter

I took a quick trip around the allotments at the weekend to see what other people had in terms of winter colour because 103 is basically in shades of dead grass, nearly dead grass, and live grass ... along with a little burnt earth.

The first thing I found was this gloriously bright chard – not sure what variety it is as its much less upright than the usual kinds, and has a distinctive rosette shape, but it’s really impressive to look at in terms of colour.I suppose it could be an ordinary chard knocked flat by the weather?

And the next thing was a dwarf cornus – perhaps not the most useful plant in crop terms, but interesting for winter colour and form and very easy to grow and maintain. All you need to do is cut it hard back in early spring so that the new growth, each year, has the best possible colour, and it will continue to be vibrant for year after year.

My favourite would be a chaenomeles hedge though - that's what I'm planning for plot 103 anyway.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2 Comments:

Anonymous allotments4you said...

It's always nice to find a little colour in this dreary weather...helps to lift the spirits!!

January 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

It is nice to see some brightness - plot 103 is generally pretty bleak. I think we need to up our game for next year.

January 14, 2011 at 3:37 AM  

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