Primrose & Cauliflower

The primroses are looking their best ever this year.

Primroses in flower

As well as the new seedlings springing up all over the garden, the more established clumps are putting on a dazzling display.

In the autumn I added three of their gaudier cousins, Polyanthus ‘Gold Lace’, up by the house, which are now beginning to get into the swing of spring too.

Polyanthus 'Gold Lace'

While the weekend was mostly wet and gloomy, relegating us to paperwork indoors, we did manage a few hours in the garden where I continued weeding the borders, removing nettles and grass spreading in from the field beside us, and trying not to poke my eyes out on the new growth of our young native hedge. I mostly succeeded.

King of the Hill gave the greenhouse a good soaking and planted out the tomato and cucumber plants that we’ve raised on a windowsill in the house, replacing them with a new sowing. In the kitchen garden, many of the seeds sown last weekend in the cold frame are beginning to germinate, and King of the Hill installed some sprinklers to these frames so that we can easily keep our salad crops well watered.

Homegrown cauliflower

The last standing cauliflower, Mystique, had suddenly unfurled its leaves to reveal the lovely white head clasped within, and I cut it and took it up to the house before it could become spoiled by the wind and rain. Half this unblemished head made a fine cauliflower cheese for a wintry night, with the rest of the creamy white curds destined for a lighter dish tonight.

With just a couple of winter crops still lingering in the garden now, and new crops underway, the new gardening season is really starting to get going – and not before time!

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18 thoughts on “Primrose & Cauliflower

    • Thanks Christina, this year has seen our first harvests and we’re quite pleased. Will try a couple more this year and see if we can repeat our success!

    • Thanks Frances. Almost all set to go – just that pesky veg bed to dig all the weeds out of, and some seed-sowing to catch up on now. The lighter evenings are a bonus.

    • Thanks, Mark. I’m really pleased – our second good cauliflower and this time we ‘caught’ it before the weather could begin to discolour it at all. We’ll definitely try these varieties again this year, perhaps even two of each, early and late… they do take up space for a long time but the result is such a fresh-tasting harvest!

    • We’re thrilled with the cauli – it was wrapped tight in leaves until they suddenly opened at the weekend. Often we don’t spot them before the weather starts to make its mark!

  1. What a perfect cauliflower! And how lovely knowing your primroses are the best ever – ours weren’t as good last year but they have bounced back and are now picking up nicely

    • Thanks Jason – the camera doesn’t quite pick it up but they are actually all a very delicate (primrose) yellow, in some lights so intense it almost makes your eyes hurt. They are lovely simple pale flowers though.
      The last cauliflower we harvested I made a very spicy dish with – turned out our homegrown Habanero chilli was rather hotter than we had expected!!

  2. My sympathies, Sara. I spent much of yesterday pulling up nettle and couch grass that had taken over much of a bed up against a field boundary. Perfect cauli! Dave

  3. Oh that cauli looks so pristine that it’s hard to imagine that it’s been in contact with the earth. Have been battling with nettles here today. I think that last year’s rain was much to their liking. Something rather satisfying about wrestling with them though.

    • The cauliflower was in a fairly lofty position atop the tall stalk of its plant, and carefully wrapped in leaves until they parted to reveal its glory! I’m amazed it came through this winter unscathed.
      Yes, something satisfying about digging out nettles, as long as they don’t find a way through to your skin too often while you work – they invariably out-smart me every time!

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