Confirmation today that courier live emplacements offer a higher standard of living than your Newsblog correspondent’s actual house, with gardens outside every other live mobile. Really, some of us barely have space for a geranium.
Most of our gardeners have gone for the practical vegetable patch approach, though if this is in a bid to supplement wages with home grown produce, you’re probably out of luck – John and Julie at Holiday Marina reckon you’d be lucky to break even once you’ve bought pots, plants and compost. Still, you do get the benefit of fresh organic veggies, with the occasional free-range slug for bonus protein.
Château de Boisson have gone largely for tomatoes as usual, though Heather professes to be a bit disappointed with yield this season, blaming early hot weather.
Beach Garden have branched out into aubergines and courgettes as well as tomatoes, generating most of the ingredients for a decent ratatouille.
The award for Most Productive Allotment has to go to Holiday Marina, where John and Julie have managed a crop of actual potatoes on top of the usual mediterranean veg, as well as at least one melon and what looked like a year’s supply of chillies. They also stand to score for a fine crop of wild blackberries, though the body armour needed to harvest them safely could add substantially to the general gardening overhead.
Meantime, Cat and Kate at Sirene have ditched this practical approach, and gone largely for the hippy wildflower garden vibe, combined with what can only be described as a touch of trailer park chic, using a velour-upholstered massage chair vultured (er sorry, recycled) from the tip next door as a centrepiece.
Newsblog, meanwhile, hasn’t managed anything more spectacular than a couple of pots of rather meagre geraniums.