Perennials thrive in a cold spring!

With plenty of rain and a maximum temperature of only 16C so far in May with no frost, it’s been perfect growing conditions for my perennial vegetables. My Udo (Aralia cordata) is nearly as tall as me already!

Ostrich fern and Udo (Aralia cordata)
Udo (Aralia cordata) is up to my shoulders!
Aralia californica… Blanching: when the bucket is lifted off the ground by the plant it is ready to harvest!
Rheum palmatum is already blooming!
Forest garden view….apples, Aralia elata, Aralia cordata, redcurrant, blackcurrant and ostrich fern (the lowest level is a carpet of lesser celandine, over a month ago!)


Taraxacum haemanthum

I just fell in love with a picture of a dandelion from the Caucasus, Taraxacum haemanthum, in this picture from page 76 of the Scottish Rock Garden Club journal “The Rock Garden” (Jan 2014). For a minute I thought the leaves at the front belonged to the dandelion, but they don’t. Just hope it really is that orange!


Walled Kitchen Gardens Network talk in October

I hadn’t planned any more talks this year, but I was tempted and have accepted to give a talk at the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network 2015 Forum  at the Mansion and Kitchen Garden at Croome Court in Worcestershire, UK on Saturday 3rd October!  The participants will be walled kitchen garden gardeners!

I will be among kindred spirits, having my own walled garden (my ex- greenhouse) ;)




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Soup greens

Tonights perennial greens. I sometimes eat wild fish, so these greens were added to a fish soup, spiced with ground Hogweed seeds!
From left to right: Scorzonera greens, Allium  x proliferum “Amish Topset Onion”, Allium scorodoprasum, Heracleum spp. and Rumex patientia (patience dock)


Edibles & ornamental plants

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