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Monday, 5 April 2010
For me, it's what makes vegetable gardening worth while. The first picking of delicious Purple Sprouting Broccoli in spring.
This year it's arrived perfectly on time, and we ate our first few spears on Easter Day (with a really delicious roast leg of lamb).
I always sow the 'late flowering' variety; a vegetable that starts producing in April is worth its weight in gold. I quite expect it to continue flowering for anything up to two months. It's just a matter of regular picking (and eating), and not allowing the plant to fully flower. Eventually I leave just one spear to produce it's little pale yellow flowers, I leave it to dry, and save the seed to sow the following year. It always comes 'true to type'.
Quite recently Haddock's looked unbelievably bare and uninviting. Suddenly it's gone bonkers again, and I can already forecast a glut... Still, I'd rather have too much than not enough.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!