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!)


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