Around the start of the year, I noticed the rhubarb was behaving peculiarly. Or perhaps the soil around the crown was simply falling away. But no, it seems to be sprouting.
Considering this variety of rhubarb has normally only started to show its stalks in April, I’m not sure what to make of current events. Is it because of a mild winter (it hasn’t seemed that mild to me!) or because November was cold and with the contrasting warmth now the plant is confused? Alternatively, it could be because of the nutrients it was fed when it was moved last spring or because of the unusually large volume of water it received in the final four months of last year.
Either way, if we have rhubarb earlier than in previous years, it’s hardly a disappointment. However, it may be a flower, which will have to removed before it kills the plant.
A second puzzle I have regards the yew tree. It hasn’t developed its winter colour of bronze but remains resolutely green.
Although the tree does not appear to have increased in height, it has got bushier, with more branches than when I bought it last February. I am therefore not concerned about it but it would be nice to see it grow upwards as well.