We managed to find a few sprigs of purple sprouting broccoli - PSB and a few leaves of kale. Most people seem to be having a bit of a glut with PSB but for us it is a delicacy. A couple of years ago we fell out of love with these two as they always seemed to fall foul of whitefly infestation which made harvesting and preparation for cooking unpleasant. We covered brassicas with enviromesh last season which seems to have kept the whitefly at bay and this has provided the impetus to try harder with them this year.
We just have one patch of daffodils on the plot that are grown for cutting and last week they decided to burst into bloom. The problem is that all the flowers have decided to open at once so our house is now filled with daffodil perfume.
Sunday 19 March
The Brussels sprout have done really well this year but I think last week's pickings will be the last. There are some small sprouts at the top of plants but I can't see them amounting to much.
Like the PSB and kale, the winter cabbage hasn't really performed well, however, some small cabbages are almost ready. We picked a small Savoy type - Traviata - last week.
At least at this time of year the rhubarb can be relied on to provide us with something to pick.
I'm linking this post to Harvest Monday over at Dave's blog
In our garden greenhouse are three large tubs each containing a fruit tree. They are a peach - Avalon Pride, an apricot - Flavourcot and a nectarine - Fantasia.
The tubs containing the trees were originally outdoors but after the first year, when we managed two delicious fruits from the peach tree, the peach and nectarine were so badly affected by peach leaf curl that they didn't manage a single fruit.
The apricot was unaffected by this problem but it generally flowers very early and so it seemed that it would be a good idea to move that indoors to to offer some protection.
This year all three trees are flowering at the same time. Last year the apricot was covered in flowers and produced a decent amount of fruit.
This year it has only a couple of small sprigs of flowers.
On the other hand the peach and nectarine are loaded with flower. The larger lovely pink flowers of the nectarine dominate the group.
The peach flowers are more delicate and less showy but viewed close up you can appreciate their beauty.
For one reason or another it was a week since our last visit to the plot and so we were a little surprised to find that we had four cauliflowers ready for cutting. To be honest the heads were a little beyond ready but not so far that they were really spoiled.
We then thought that we would try our luck with the PSB. We were not very optimistic as the plants hadn't grown very well. Our pessimism was well found as there was only one very small spear which to add insult to injury had already been browsed by a slug. There were a few tiny spears to come so maybe we will manage a small helping.
We picked the single spear anyway and added it to the cauliflowers. We would only have a tiny taste but that was better than nothing
Our early rhubarb was far more productive.
Martyn picked a few stems to bring home.
Just for a change I have put together a short video of our harvest.
There are four different varieties of daffodil in the front garden that usually flower at slightly different times. This year three of the varieties, some small tulips and crocuses are flowering together and providing a lovely display.
The daffodils around the bird bath are in flower too.
After our recent visit to Hodsock Priory, I was browsing through the many photographs that I had taken when I came across this one.
I found that even though the object was only a very small part of the photograph its placing and colour for me made it dominant and so the lady in red just had to go.
I needed the spot removal tool - shown as a circle with an arrow leading from it and I needed to set this to the clone mode.
Once I had covered the figure in white I released the mouse button and the computer made a best guess in choosing a patch of the photograph with which to replace the figure. You can just about make out the area chosen which is a patch of grass.
This wasn't a successful choice but fortunately I can over-rule the selection by dragging the replacement area by holding the mouse pointer over the black spot.
Now the finished photo looks like this.
I think it is an improvement. Here is a before and after.
Click the image below to enlarge
Cheating? If I had noticed the figure standing there at the time I would have waited for her to move away so would have ended up with this shot anyway wouldn't I?