A flowery corner

For what seems like years now, I’ve despaired over the productivity in the area just beyond the pond. And this year it looks like it could be not only a food basket but be a feast of flowers.

Aside from the rose bush, which improves in leaps and bounds, a sly poppy remains after I have removed the rest. This is accompanied by other self-seeders: marigolds and fennel. Then to make my heart sing even more, the chives have got their second wind and the globe artichoke has got four true leaves and is looking increasingly robust.

Hopefully, next time I take a photo in this region, there will be a picture of a magnificent globe artichoke. In the meantime, I leave you with two self-seeded ‘weeds’. The first is fat hen, whose seeds are said to be like quinoa, being after all in the same family.

The other is undoubtedly in the carrot family. I have no idea which specific plant it is, though, and will not be trying this without several positive identifications.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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15 Responses to A flowery corner

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    What lovely news, Helen! It *is* looking lush and colourful and good luck with the artichoke!

  2. Hi Helen, I wanted to comment on your “New Toys” post, but for some reason there’re no comments… anyway, we put a little shadenet frame over the worm farm (on a hinge, so you can still easily get in there). The shade, together with a bit of water sprinkled on them on those really hot days, kept them cool enough to survive summer.
    May you have plenty artichokes!

  3. The problem re comment box seems to have been resolved. Self seeders are the gardener’s bonus

  4. skyeent says:

    I use the fat hen leaves quite a bit. A little of the new leaves is OK in a mixed salad (not too much raw due to saponins) cooked they make a nice spinach like ‘green’. Glad the artichoke looks like surviving!

    • Helen says:

      I haven’t used the fat hen leaves – they seem to be dying off actually. I put this down to the plants needing the energy to produce the seeds, but of course it could be something else.

      • skyeent says:

        I think they are annuals so they probably have just finished their lifecycle. They will seed around so you could try them next year if they do come back.

        • Helen says:

          Do you know when to harvest the seeds? Would they be ready now to pick for eating, do you think?

          • skyeent says:

            The seeds are black when ripe, but there is quite a bit of green flower material with them normally. Eventually the whole lot fades to a pale green and the seeds will shake out a bit more easily. I would leave them as long as you dare, to dry as much as possible, as this will make cleaning them easier. Since the whole plant is edible it doesn’t really matter if the seeds aren’t cleaned fully, although the green bits may be a bit tough.
            I tried gathering seed last year – but I spread them out to dry in the polytunnel and they never did dry. They just went mouldy, so I never did get to try cooking with them!

          • Helen says:

            Thanks for the info!

            As I’m going to eat the seeds, I could put them in the airing cupboard to dry off. In the meantime, I’ll leave them as long as possible – at last until this round of rainy weather has passed.

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