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I inherited a greenhouse with my new garden and was not quite sure what to put in it. This dilemma was removed when the UNSUPERVISED poppies took over. Before I knew it I had glorious poppies growing and as my daughter pointed out, they were unsupervised and unplanned. They gave me such a thrill, the flower lasting but a day before disintegrating into floating petals and leaving a very stylised seed head. I now have an unsupervised sunflower taking up residence – the only one that survived is the one I didn’t plant.

Inspired by my own greenhouse, I wandered over to the village allotments where I very much enjoyed taking surreptitious photos of other people’s sheds. One is even rumoured to be a salvaged Nissan hut. I love studying allotments which appear chaotic and confusing but as you walk within, you can see each has its own order. We garden differently just as we file papers differently. I also love the joy that allotments bring: growing vegetables from seed is deeply satisfying.

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About this post: I plan to have a countryside photo session once a month during 2015.

An extract from my Seasons Journal: ‘The bushes and hedges are heavy, thick and secretive with their luscious summer growth.┬áRoses are pouring over walls, doors and fences with honeysuckle tendrils joining in the great escape and creating a riotous tangle of summer. The elders have bloomed and the large bunches of tiny elderflowers hang from their branches. They have a sweet and delicate scent but it can become overpowering as it hangs in the air and its perfume is most obvious at night as I go to put the chickens to bed. Making elderflower Champagne is one of the simplest recipes needing only four ingredients and it feels like true country living to create this refreshing drink.’ Wondering what this project is all about? Have a look at this entry. P.S. Email me if you would like the recipe for elderflower Champagne.