Romance in the carrot patch

It’s been hot in Brisbane for a few days now with temperatures of 26c degrees and yesterday went up to 29c so I gave the allotment a good watering, especially my little seedlings in plot 24.

While I was there I harvested some vegetables for my dinner. The carrots are just about ready so I pulled on one and wondered why it was resisting – until I realised that it was entwined lovingly with it’s neighbour.

I washed them under the garden tap and unwilling to separate them entirely (I know, I’m mad) I laid them on the grass while I rinsed my hands and it bought to mind the old Flanders and Swann song from the 50’s Show in London “At The Drop of a Hat”.

The song is about the the right-handed Honeysuckle and the the left-handed Bindweed and it’s called Misalliance. Click on the link for the words.  I have two sons who will remember it – this is for you.

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I have been unable to find the original version of the song on YouTube sung by Flanders and Swann themselves.  However, I have found this  delightful version by  Jason Hardy you might like.

Happy Gardening.

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JonesGardenBlog
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 07:35:30

    I had some like that last spring, except mine weren’t that big.

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  2. Nigel
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 09:39:04

    Good old Flanders and Swan, I still expect the song to repeat where there was a scratch on it.

    Onto plants. There is more green than carrot, is that what they are like in the wild?

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 13, 2013 @ 09:59:39

      As you say, good old Flanders and Swann.
      I agree there is more green that carrot Nigel, too much nitrogen I think. I don’t know what they do in the wild, I reckon mine are behaving pretty wild as it is. But better behaved than some of the rude parsnips that I picked last season.

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  3. Patangan Stickman
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 09:41:02

    Thank you. I still listen to the CD, and the boys like it too.

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  4. Maria
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 09:51:20

    How cute are those carrots! Lol and I must say that I had never heard that song before…yet another delight I ‘ve learned of via blogging! Thank you Jean!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 13, 2013 @ 10:03:19

      I might have a few more interesting carrots Maria as I planted those tiny seeds a bit too close. I usually mix them with sand which helps the distribution, maybe I didn’t last time.
      I love Flanders and Swann. They wrote really quirky songs.

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  5. livingsimplyfree
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 14:44:03

    I would love to find my next batch of carrots that large. I am hoping for another harvest before winter, but we are experiencing temperatures more like the end of September or early October right now. I fear winter may arrive very early this year. I keep recalling my grandparents telling me how it would be snowing in September when they returned to school each year. I’m crossing my fingers that we haven’t changed the climate that much.

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  6. cathyandchucky
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 14:59:25

    It’s 13 degrees here in Albany at the moment Jean. I’ve just seen my first Satsuma and Blueberry blossoms to brighten up the end of Winter 😀

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  7. MrsYub
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 18:24:52

    Nawww! How lovely! I love photo’s like this!

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  8. gardeningvix
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 04:55:24

    Ooh good carrots! Mine usually end look looking rather rude! They are beauties! And very much in love! Awwww x

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  9. narf77
    Sep 01, 2013 @ 11:30:08

    Love at first twizle 🙂

    Reply

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