Our bit of land

Went to the allotment
it was quite overgrown
and not too much sign
of the things we had sewn

But after a while
spurred on by the weather
it was looking quite peachy
as we worked together

Enough rhubarb there
for a crumble or three
and the last of the lavender
just waiting for me

A butternut squash
in the weeds there we found
yellow and gorgeous
and close to the ground

And a few summer berries
from the shrubs on the side
Raspberries and blackcurrants
to give us some pride

And yes there’s more grass
than growing plots here
but it is our allotment
and throughout each year

We’ll play and discover
new things from the land
which we have there planted
by our own loving hand

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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Tri-haiku XX (Circular Green)

This circular green
Grown, cut back, abundant now
as summer takes hold

This circular green
A comfort true and fragrant
These summer senses

This circular green
With me, part of me, in me
I am in summer

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

December blossom

There’s blossom in the bushes
even though it’s now December
And I know it’s been quite warm of late
but you’d think it would remember
That winter sun although still bright
deceives with days of chill
and Spring is several months away
with quite some waiting still
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m quite pleased
to see these buds of pink
I’m just surprised and know the chill
will stop their growth I think

©Jemverse

Photo – budding blossom, Shoreham, December 2017 – Jempics

Greenhouse

I have a little greenhouse
in a lovely sunny spot
It’s covered in green plastic
and inside it’s pretty hot

At present I am growing
several things from seed
Some courgettes and some lettuce
and some parsnips that we need

And when they all have grown a bit
I’ll probably plant them out
On our allotment up the road
then watch them really sprout

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Produce (aka ‘Allotment V’)

Imagine our amazement
when this evening on Ham Field
we discovered our allotment
had delivered its first yield
Some courgettes and a squash or two
which in the sunshine haven’t lingered
Leading us to think that we
may well be quite green-fingered!

Incredible what nature does
in just a month or two
With some sunshine and some water
and some work from you know who
And there’s a lot more growing
which, whilst we’re fit and able
will provide a lot more vegetables
to grace our kitchen table

©Jemverse

Photo – courgettes & petit pan squash from Jem & Sal’s Ham Field allotment, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, UK, June 2017 – Jempics

Allotment III

It’s June and the allotment
is looking like you wouldn’t believe
Far more than I think we hoped for
and more than we could conceive

It’s amazing the effect that the sunshine
mixed with a downpour can do
That, and a touch of elbow grease
from the efforts of you know who

And already we’re seeing in just a few weeks
the fruits of our labours right here
It’s really very encouraging
with a great big helping of cheer

©Jemverse

Photo – herbs, lavender, squash and beans on our allotment – Jempics

Little lavenders

We bought some little lavenders
they arrived once in the post
Came as little seedling plugs
in compost, playing host
At first they were quite tiny
but we put them in the sun
And even though they’re still quite small
I think the time has come

As they’re destined for a special plot
on our allotment near the peas
where they will prosper in the sun
attracting welcome bees
And I’ll keep an eye on how they do
and perhaps once in a while
take a pic and write some words
about them for a smile

©Jemverse

Photo – Lavender seedlings ready for planting – Jempics

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