After picking all the florets off the Nine-Star broccoli, I kept an eye on it for more shoots, so that they didn’t turn to flowers. Under its cloche and a layer of micro mesh, however, it was difficult to keep up with the new shoots. Thus, this is what I now have.
I’ve not seen white flowers on broccoli before – and they are certainly pretty – but I understand that this means the plant is no longer perennial. On the plus side, this means there is no point in protecting it from cabbage white butterflies, so the protective layers have come off. The bees may as well have the flowers to feed on instead and I can look out on the garden without the eye sore that the plastic coverings were.
Anyway, I’ll see how the plant fares. You never know…. And in the meantime I will rejoice in the sudden appearance of florets on the purple sprouting broccoli. These were a late variety planted last year but still, there is late and er late.
Other pleasing observations are how much the bumblebees love the flower on the yukka. I’d never have guessed that this would be such a magnet for them but they’ve been entertaining over the last few days.
Talking of insects, last night there was a metallic beetle on the lemon balm. I can’t work out what kind of beetle it is but it is beautiful, isn’t it?