Spring Green

Gardeners Delight

On the windowsill it is all happening.

artichokeSowed our first seeds on 22nd February and more to sow this week.


I love seeing them coming up full of promise and full of life.

1 contorta

It is one of the best things in the world.

1 primulaThe sun has got his hat on and we are going out to play! Hip Hip Hooray!


28 thoughts on “Spring Green

    1. Joanna Post author

      This is a variety called Violetta di Romagna, smaller I think than globe artichokes. Good luck with yours Emily!

  1. Jan

    I had to look up the Corylus Contorta because it is so interesting and attractive – the item I read said its other name is Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick! I love the brave little flower (primrose?). The promise of spring and the garden is energising isn’t it.

    1. Joanna Post author

      The Corylus has the most beautiful catkins this year and the sun hits them just so in the mornings! It sends up straight stems from the roots which we have to cut off, but has this one slow growing curly bit which is good fun. We have too many things stuffed in our garden really.Some of the primroses have been flowering since December this year; this cheeky one has seeded in the paving and I have let it stay as it makes me smile ! Just been digging out an old container and moving the soil into piles and Brian has planted a new blueberry this afternoon.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I am glad to hear you are enjoying the Spring too, it is a lovely season when we get a little sunshine and dry weather !

    1. Joanna Post author

      Do you have autumn flowering plants in Alice Ardys? I have lots of Southern origin shrubs in the garden which are flowering now, maybe you should have some European plants that will flower into your autumn? One in particular by the back door here is much visited by the big white bottomed bumble bees, the Grevillea Clearview David. It has been flowering for a couple of months already!

    1. Joanna Post author

      We are hosts of nodding daffodils and waiting for the tulips here, magnolias everywhere, the early cherries are out but not the big ones yet. Lots of tweetage and bright robins too. Trying to persuade the dogs to wake up as it is grooming day and they were very busy on the sands at Burnham yesterday…

  2. sallybr

    Love, love LOVE the Spring…. I slowly start to get back to life, although I definitely hope for less green and more tan on my face ;-)

  3. narf77

    I have a Corylus ‘contorta’. Ostensibly its to pollinate my hazelnuts but I just love its twisty turny shape :). We are more than ready to hand that hat right on over to you and would like to have a bit more of that drippy stuff that occasionally comes from the sky to make us dance :)

      1. narf77

        You are hogging the weather again! We had a humid overcast day yesterday and we have the promise of rain today. The best bit about a bit more rain is that I no longer have to look out at the garden and think “Might have to concrete the lot!” Imagine that carpark!!! ;)

        1. Joanna Post author

          No definitely not . Had stern words with weather and today we have WARM air 15 C after yesterday’s 6 C – might have to lie down and fan myself gently.

  4. ray@no otters were harmed

    … and the will garlic is out! I like to make pesto with it and it makes a great addition to dals and saag paneer dishes. I suspect it might make an interesting our dough bread…. Hmmmm… Will let you know! ;)

      1. Joanna Post author

        Tarkadhal blog spot, new blog? going to have a look right away!

        Hee hee I still have wild garlic from last year in my freezer and threw some in to a oily dal dish I made last week. I used it one time in a ciabatta type bread and I think I have rolled it up as a layer before now in a roll up dough. I haven’t been to the wood to see it yet, though I have a couple of leaves up in the garden :)

        1. ray@no otters were harmed

          May be… We will see.i love dals with a hunk of sourdough bread. My indian flat breads are rather tragic looking. I visited a Sikh temple once and saw this amazing production line of women producing amazingly uniform rotis!

          My course has been going well. Over the worse of the academic stuff so have a bit of time to have a play blogging. Still bake once a week, usually a 60:40 white to whole meal with a little rye, or a granary. Though I made the chili, cheese and coriander leaf at the weekend and that is delicious with dals!

          1. Joanna Post author

            apparently, just looked, I have to be invited to see your blog :) hint hint…. I am not very good at indian flat breads, I once made those little Trinididaian style dal stuffed ones, they were probably the best, maybe I should make them again. They were fiddly but good. https://zebbakes.com/2012/02/06/try-a-little-tenderness/ Keep meaning to buy atta flour and get into it all properly. So many things still to bake. I have been making crackers lately. Boxes of them everywhere :) I am glad to hear your course is going well, take care my friend x

            1. ray@no otters were harmed

              Oops. Was still set for “private” :) Made it public. Flat breads are an art form. I was recommended “flat breads & flavours” by Alford & Duguid by an internet friend and having purchased a copy it remains unread on the bookshelf.

              Baking wise, I have been reading James Morton’s ” Brilliant bread” – his marmite bread is divine!

              1. Joanna Post author

                I have that book, never baked from it, I am enthralled by Tartine 3. Not sure about marmite bread but why not? x

  5. Karin Anderson

    A little bit of spring to enjoy – at least visually! We are still in the grip of winter, and I bought some very expensive tulips to have something springlike to look at. (Maybe that keeps me from baking more chocolate-y treats.)

    1. Joanna Post author

      We have more spring now, camelia out and little blue flowers and helebores. And I have a bunch of English grown tulips on the kitchen table and some fresias, but not grown by me. I think you should bake more choclate treats anyway :) :)

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