Rumex vesicarius (bladder dock) is an annual relation of sorrel from southern Europe, North Africa and West Asia. I sowed the seed in the winter in a seed tray and I finally got round to potting it up today and it was already in fruit! According to Cornucopia II, it is cultivated as a vegetable in parts of Indonesia.
Accidental companions: a Sherpa onion (Allium wallichii) has set up home in the middle of my greek mountain tea (Sideritis syriaca) with a few self-sowed dandelions for good measure! Allium wallichii moves around with rhizomes…I didn’t plant it here!
I was transplanting some Allium canadense bulbs today and disturbed this large spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) tuber only just below the surface! I’ve tried growing this species from different sources and in different parts of the garden, but it’s only in this shady place has it grown well, sourced from a woman in Marathon, Wisconsin in 2004! It has been spreading slowly in recent years and is totally hardy! So this tuber could have taken 14 years growing to this size! Must have a taste this autumn!
This morning’s view! A good rainfall in the night and waterbutts are full again, saving a lot of watering before leaving for the Norwegian Permaculture Festival tomorrow!
Garden pebble (kålpyralide) (Evergestis forficalis) found in the garden yesterday whilst weeding…only one report before in my area Trøndelag (from 1986!)…..and yet another pest of brassicas :(
Greenfinches feasting on goatsbeard (geitskjegg) (Tragopogon pratensis) seeds this morning!