Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rhubarb Rhubarb.......



The first crop of the season, forced Rhubarb.

I'm not even sure if I like Rhubarb but it looks so pretty and my husband is a fan, so I have been growing this crown for a couple of years, just taking a few stalks and now in it's third season, I think it's ready and willing for us to take more stalks this year.

I have read that the forced stalks are much sweeter than those which haven't been, they certainly are a more vibrant colour but as they say, the proof of the pudding, Rhubarb in this case.

All I did is pop a terracotta pot on top with a piece of brick to exclude the light and today we had the big reveal. It was rather exciting to see all those cerise stems, so we pulled them, rather than cut them, not all, just enough to make, what I am hoping will be a delicious compote.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Easter Filled With the Scent of Hyacinths




All my good intentions to spend 4 days in the garden over Easter came to nought, as I had places to go and people to see plus it was so cold.
The sun popped its head out now and again but it did nothing to warm the air, so wrapped up with hat and fingerless gloves, I braved the cold and did some weeding before I was driven by the wind into the warmth of the house.
The kitchen was the place to be with the heady scent of hyacinths filling the air from the vase on the table, a cup of hot chocolate in hand and of course the obligatory chocolate eggs - heavenly!
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