19 May 2014

seasonal


A few days of sunshine has brought on the strawberries and by some twist of good fortune we managed to get there this evening before the invading hordes of slugs and snails. The asparagus we cropped has been griddled and eaten for supper. There are three jars of Glencar jam* on the table, left from the batch I made a few days ago - in a row of course - and more rhubarb steeping in sugar, ready for another batch to be made tomorrow.

We'll rise above whatever has attacked the garlic, razed the brassica seedlings, chomped the pea seedlings, brutalised the emerging runner beans, and instead admire the architecture of our very own Shard...

Echium
Magnifico.

* I don't use candied peel, though I do use the zest of the fresh lemon

8 comments:

rusty duck said...

A truly magnificent Echium. And straight.
I notice from the Chelsea coverage this evening that Mr Titchmarsh's is bent.

rachel said...

Strawberries? - you're about a month ahead of us! Isn't that echium amazing? I was stunned when I saw the first one after moving down here.

colleen said...

Erm, actually it is a bit bent from the side view I noticed, but catch it from the front and it looks perfectly straight.

Soon the whole of the allotment site will be covered with them because lots of our neighbours are keen to grow one too. Hope the planes from City Airport don't get confused....

annjennyg said...

Thank you for making me smile.I'm on my third lot of bean seedlings, the others having succumbed to various ailments.Ah well! Love the 'shard'!

Liz said...

I've never seen an echium before but now I want one. Plenty of snails here, too. We have this agreement. I keep buying plants. They keep demolishing them.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Oh how I long for an allotment. And an Echium.

Two weeks to strawberry picking here - local fruit farm - when there will of course be jam!

Esther Montgomery said...

Astonishing shard. Was surprised to see the strawberries. Are they early?

shandy said...

Wonderful photographs as usual! How I relate to your list of the predators on your plot - we also have pigeons who strip the unripe gooseberries from the bush.