E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Cabbage

I could pretend to know what sort of cabbage this is, but I don't.

I do know I thought this one looked pretty and was quite amazed by the rich colours, so much brighter than the supermarket variety.

I was also surprised that it wasn't protected by netting, to keep pigeons off it. They will strip a plant almost as quickly as caterpillars!
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This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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At the Allotment - January


Cabbage

I could pretend to know what sort of cabbage this is, but I don't.

I do know I thought this one looked pretty and was quite amazed by the rich colours, so much brighter than the supermarket variety.

I was also surprised that it wasn't protected by netting, to keep pigeons off it. They will strip a plant almost as quickly as caterpillars!
.....

This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (18)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 23 Jan 2009, 02:31
I imagine those supermarket cabbages have been dumbed down a bit. This is the real thing!
EJWilkins: You're not kidding, it looks delicious doesn't it?
This looks likewhat I would describe as an old fashioned cabbage Ellie - perhaps a Savoy?
EJWilkins: I've heard the name Savoy, but must be honest that I don't know what it would look like
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 23 Jan 2009, 06:46
Allotments are great, Ellie, not that I have ever indulged.
EJWilkins: It's amazing how much work goes into looking after them - they're actually huge, especially compared with modern gardens
I don't know too, but it's a nice picture smile
EJWilkins: It is nice, thanks Zeb
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Jan 2009, 08:59
I once had an Allotment. When we were younger and lived in a rented apartment. There were allotments to hire not far from the apartment-building.
EJWilkins: I've never had one, although we grew almost all our own vegetables when the children were smaller, it was cheaper and they were tastier. Less hard work than most people think - once the soil's been dug over.
Fantastic detail and colour, Ellie. I`ve been trying to think of a political connotation to go with this one, but listening to Gordon Brown being interviewed this morning has turned my brain to stone. (:o
EJWilkins: I've seen this sort of cabbage in the sops, but they don't eve seem to have quite this much colour.

As for the other - "Cabbages and Kings" perhaps? wink
I'm going to try very hard to keep off politics, but it's bound to sneak in from time to time ...
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2009, 10:18
I am sure Chris is right as that was my first thought Ellie.
Very nice looking cabbage it is toowink
EJWilkins: The name Savoy entered my head to Tracy, but I didn't look it up and didn't have the courage to be completely wrong wink

People don't tend to take pictures of cabbages, but this one looked tasty - hubby would enjoy it
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Jan 2009, 10:57
Silly me I thought there were two types of cabbage red and white
EJWilkins: and it looks as if there's purple and green all in one as well!
I know nothing about cabbages either, Ellie, but you are right - they can look very decorative. I used to know someone who grew cabbages and spinach in her flower beds. She said, rightly, that they made a good foil for the flowers and saved on watering time.
EJWilkins: Sounds like a good idea Sheila, ifyou want to grow cabbages that is wink
I don't know either Ellie. Beautiful capture!
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jan 2009, 14:41
All kinds of cabbages exist. And some are very colourful.

The allotments are called volkstuintjes in the netherlands. Translate to folk gardens - the folk not so 100% accurate. They work there allotments right to the last centimetre. In SA we are still used to having big stands where you can do your thing, including keeping chickens. The last about 15 years saw a marked increase of flat dwelling etc - so I guess it will happen here sooner or later.
EJWilkins: No chickens on allotments here, and sadly in some areas the councils are trying to evict allotment holders to use the land for building - maybe the property crash will have some benefit after all!
I love cabbage and cannot understand why people turn their noses up at it!!
EJWilkins: Hubby loves cabbage, I like some, one offspring doesn't mind, the other detests it - so we have the full range in our house!
Contrary to Bill I loath cabbage but I still think you have taken an excellent picture of one Ellie. This is a most unusual, and entertaining, subject for a series.
EJWilkins: One of the reasons I did this was because somebody on a forum asked what allotments were, so I thought I'd go and take some pictures.
I'm cabbage tolerant wink
I have no idea what kind of cabbage it is but it makes a lovely shot.
EJWilkins: Glad you agree
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2009, 16:30
I don't know what it is either but it has beautiful deep colors and wonderful textures.
EJWilkins: I think the colours may be so deep because it was overcast and wet, but even so it was an amazing plant
I reckon it's a Savoy as well ... I used to love left overs of cabbage and potatoes to be fried up into bubble and squeak and which is even better with a fried egg on top.
Waste not want not was the way I was brought up. But of course fry-ups are very much frowned upon these days.
Lovely colours and a great idea for a series. richard
EJWilkins: Ooh, bubble and squeak with egg, haven't had that for years - we never seem to have left over vegetables!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2009, 18:15
I agree with your praise of the cabbage and its colours (red cabbage? But I' m not sure)- a wonderful vegetable because of its textures, colours and its taste. "Rotkohl" with meat, e.g. roasted pork, and potatoes dumplings is a delicious dish! Max Liebermann has painted large cabbage fields in his garden at the Wannsee and his/its colours are amazing! Vegetables are a beautiful stuff for painters and photographers!
EJWilkins: There wasn't that much still growing, but I must go back again to take pictures of seedlings and also the crops when they're at their best. They do look good
You should go back and see if you can do some closeups of this--great colors and textures in it. It could be quite stunning!
EJWilkins: I'll have to try to get back there again before it gets taken indoors for eating wink

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