Henley’s fabulous dahlias

October 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm 8 comments

Henley for blogHenley’s been working his plot for 16 years since moving to a house with a smaller garden and he’s proof that it’s never to late to sign up for a veggie patch at an allotment.  If you’ve ever told yourself you’re too old/too unfit/too scared to try something new then don’t believe it.  If you’re not already growing your own food I’d bet my entire harvest that you’ll feel younger and fitter when you turn your hand to gardening.  Not to mention the wonderful support you’ll get from your allotment neighbours.  Henley's spikey red

Henley can’t see so well now so perhaps that’s why he scatters such beautiful vivid flowers around his plot. Henley's pink and white flower

Henley still sows his own seed and carefully tends fragile seedlings in his greenhouse at home.  At 95 he’s probably our oldest allotment resident.  I think he’s an inspiration and he loves a good natter too.

Henleys red flower

Henley's pink bells

MOSAIC - Henley's reds

My ornamental flower knowledge is a bit sparse so feel free to chip in and reveal the identity of these lovelies.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. miss m  |  October 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    95 ? What an inspiration ! Cheers Henley. 🙂
    Wonderful assortment of Dahlias and lovely penstemon.

  • 2. Darla  |  October 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    The flowers have already been named. I believe those that toil the soil have a better understanding of life!

  • 3. Beth  |  October 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    How wonderful, please send Henley hugs from Bag End.

    I want to still be gardening like that when I am 95!

  • 4. Jules  |  October 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I adore big bold flowers like these. You’ve inspired me to see if I can find some in town today.

  • 5. Ann  |  October 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Tell Henley his dahlias are outstanding and that he has beaten my great-uncle who was gardening until he was 94.

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  October 4, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I shall certainly pass on your best wishes to Henley – he’ll be tickled pink just like his dahlias. Thanks for help with naming everyone :o)

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