Cheerful Tuesday: Under the Plum Tree

I ran out of time yesterday to cut flowers for the Monday meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. But when we arrived at our friends‘ garden for an afternoon visit (in glorious September sunshine 😃) they had this on their garden table beneath a tree laden with ripe plums.

We had a lovely afternoon and I was able to pick some plums for a crumble today. 😉

The flowers were picked from a strip of wild flowers sown by the farmer on the edges of his field… a project sponsored by the government (EU?) to attract pollinators.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

25 thoughts on “Cheerful Tuesday: Under the Plum Tree

    • When they first introduced it a few years ago lots of farmers did it, but now it is rarer. The problem is that the seed mix is for biennials too, and the seed heads and stems are supposed to be left standing for the wild bees etc, but they plough it up in autumn which defeats the whole object!

  1. What a delicious combination! Plums and all those beautiful flowers. I love the thought that they came from a field margin! Some farmers here are equally biodiversity responsible, but not nearly enough. I thought that the EU funded these ‘set aside’ strips and they were to be compulsory. Obviously not! However, a beautiful vase of flowers Cathy, and I hope the plums were good! I managed to make 12lbs of jam from our little Victoria plum tree, and one or two puds as well! A

    • Hi Amanda. They should make it compulsory for farmers and landowners to devote an area to wild flowers. It is only voluntary here too, and the initial momentum has long wavered. 12lbs is a lot fo plums! We had plum crumble… I have a large stash in the freezer from other friends too though, so more yummy desserts to come! 😃

  2. I love the assortment of sunflowers and I’m impressed that the government had a role in encouraging sowing of wildflower seeds! That’s not something you often see in my part of the world.

  3. Plums in September?! Rad!
    I must go check the apples today. There are many cultivars at the farm, so some were ready a month ago, and some last through autumn. Because there is only one tree here, we watch it more carefully. It is a pippin of some sort, but is ready early.

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