by Gertrude Jekyll, 1900
Getrude Jekyll's ideas about gardening were on a much grander scale than anything the modern gardener with his small plot could ever achieve. The lucky few might have an allotment for growing vegetables but these are hard to come by and every council has long waiting lists for them. To make matters worse, many former allotments are under threat with councils wanting to sell them to developers for hard cash to fill their depleted coffers.
In my little town this haven still survives, hidden round the back of the ancient almshouses and chapel and here, together with Mrs. Jekyll's words are a few pictures of the results of hard work done by the allotment holders.
I have often thought what a beautiful bit of summer gardening one could do, mainly planted with things usually grown in the kitchen garden only, and filling up spaces with quickly-grown flowering plants.
Or if the garden were in shape a double square, the further portion being given to vegetables why not have a bold planting of these grand things as a division between the two, and behind them a nine-foot high foliage-screen of Jerusalem Artichoke.