Sunday, April 02, 2017


Loads of lovely purple sprouting broccoli around now, hidden away from the pigeons all winter under nets and wire mesh. It grows back after harvesting if you leave a few young shoots and produces more if you give it lots of water.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ribes sanguineum

After the delicate perfume of the late winter flowering Daphne, the vibrant early spring flowers of the American currant - Ribes sanguineum - have a rather pungent smell.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sprung Greens

The start of the purple sprouting broccoli season and the last of the leek and kale harvests (apart from a few leeks left to fatten during the coming weeks, or left to flower and seed).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Early buds

                                              Apple (Cox's)

A warm spell has encouraged fruit bushes and trees to bud about ten days earlier than last year.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Sower

Came across a postcard of Van Gogh's 'The Sower' this week, apt for this time of year, when so many seeds are crying out for compost, pots, modules, seed trays, sunny window ledges, an airing cupboard or a well-tilled soil.

Already on the go for the veg garden :
  • Tomatoes (Roma & Costoluto)
  • Chillies (Cayenne)
  • Courgettes
  • Peas (Kelvedon Wonder)
  • Broad Beans
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach 
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
And a few flowers :
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Peas 
  • Antirhinnum
  • Osteospermum
  • Cosmos
  • Rudbeckia
  • Phlox
  • Sweet Rocket
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Calendula
  • Tagetes
  • Coreopsis
Better not have forgotten anything!