Well it’s that time again: Six photos of plant-related things on a Saturday. You can, of course, find many more Six on Saturday posts by visiting The Propagator. After last week’s Corydalis-fest, this week I’m featuring a couple of non-Corydalis highlights from the garden, before heading out to the allotment. We’ve had some pretty nice weather at times this week, and the plants have responded in kind. Spring is certainly in in the air!
1. Symphytum grandiflorum
This one’s a bit of a thug, but I have a couple of clumps of it for the reason shown above: I can’t get enough of the spiralling red buds that open into white-with-blue-trim, pendant flowers. Somehow it defies logic to have red and blue on the same plant. It also handily provides evergreen ground cover. Every year after it has flowered, I chop it in half and chuck one half; without this brutal treatment, it would surely take over the border!
We’re right in the thick of daffodil season now, and here’s a selection of some that are looking good this week. I’m note sure of the names of the top two, the bottom two (left to right) are Rip van Winkle and the ubiquitous Tête-à-tête. Whatever it’s name is, I’m particularly keen on the variety on the top right.
Now to the allotment:
The hops are showing signs of life. I have a mutual arrangement with my brother-in-law: I grow the hops, he brews the beer, we both drink the results. It’s a bit weedy in the photo, but they’ve now been weeded and mulched. The bit of wood is a stake which I tie the string to. There’s a wire at about 7 or 8 foot high and the hops twine their way up the string to the wire at the top. I grow two varieties, both dwarf (I don’t have the facilities to grow the 20 foot commercial varieties on my humble allotment)!
The back of the allotment is a bit scrubby, with a bramble infested railway embankment behind, so I’ve planted a few Blackthorn (for sloes) and Damsons along the fence to act as a rough hedge. The Blackthorn now in full flower, brightening up an otherwise rather dilapidated spot.
5. Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Caged for it’s own protection (from the pigeons)! You can see where the foliage has been ripped apart where it pokes through the netting. Thankfully there’s plenty underneath the netting – we had our first harvest this week. Om nom!
6. Winter Cauliflower
This is the first time I’ve tried overwintering cauliflower (Cauliflower Walcheren Winter 3), and it’s been a great success. You can see the old growth looks pretty ratty, but there’s now a nice bit of fresh growth and a lovely little cauliflower! They always seem to appear overnight; just when you’re wondering if anything is going to happen, a fully formed vegetable magically appears.
Well there we go: all done. If you’d like more Six on Saturday posts, The Prop will provide you with more than you could possibly desire. Until next time!