You'd have thought that the Harvest Festival last weekend where we fed at least 100 if not 150 people from the garden would have left it slightly bare, but not a bit of it! My Dahlias have at last come into bloom and we still have an excess of produce.
This is the veg Tim and I took home just for the two of us on Saturday - although we stopped off at our allotment to share some with friends - including Poppy - here seen making short work of some fresh peas!
There are loads of nice pictures of the Harvest Festival event, including all the competition judging and Moro's lovely cooking. I've put a good selection up on Flickr here.
If you like to follow progress on the site you might also want to join our shared Abbey Gardens Flickr Group.
I think we can say that the Harvest Festival was a triumph! Great weather, wonderful food cooked by Sam Clark from Moro, the garden looked great, and the competition entries were fantastic.
This year's lucky winners in the competitive classes were:
101 A Vegetable Sculpture - 12 yrs of age and under
1st prize - no. 46 Emily Copley (Sad Octopus/Jelly fish)
2nd prize - no. 58 Finn Farnan Walsh (green pepper frog)
3rd prize - no. 55, 54 & 53 The family Farnan Walsh (for an impressive aubergine penguin family)
102 A Vegetable Sculpture - 13 yrs plus
1st prize - no. 1 Maria Benjamin
2nd prize - no. 7 Nelly Ben Hayoun
3rd prize - no. 4 Tilly Blyth
103 A Floral Arrangement on the theme of "What Will the Harvest Be?"
1st prize - no. 1 Dasha French ("excellent use of cauliflower")
104 A Garden-themed Home-made Cake or Traybake
1st prize - no. 1 The Keating Family
2nd prize - no. 7 Cath French
3rd prize - no. 4 Gilly Waller