Buds. They are popping up everywhere. Too bad it isn’t May – somehow “darling buds of March” just doesn’t have the same poetic cadence. Besides, one DOES NOT mess with Shakespeare – or at least, not too much.
The first rosemary flowers are blooming. Soon the whole bush will be covered. Last year, I experimented infusing sugar with the lightly scented flowers, but the resulting rosemary sugar proved to be too subtle and the scent was lost when it was used in baking. So, this year, if I use these pretty purple flowers at all, it will be for decorative purposes only. They would look lovely on a glazed lemon cake.
In the herb garden, the Allium species are beginning to poke through the soil. The short spiky “crew cut” of the chives is a few centimetres high – alas, still to early to use.
The carpet of wild garlic (Allium ursinum) under the bay tree seemed to pop up overnight. Now, these can be harvested – fresh and tender. The perfect thing to scent a spring avgolemono soup.
The celery I had on the windowsill now has lots of roots and new leafy bits. As soon as the danger of frost is past, it will go out to its new home in the herb garden.
I’ve been monitoring the growth of my rhubarb, like a mother hen. Looks like it is almost time for rhubarb crumble.
Also, I’ve been seeing pictures on Facebook of various vineyards in Greece and Italy making their last radical prune of their vines before the new growth sets in. The images show the main stem clipped right back to the nub (actually back to a few bud notches) in order to concentrate the growth and produce healthy vines (and grapes). I would love to have a good crop of grapes like last year, even though they never really ripen. The verjus I made last year was a huge success and I’d like to reprodce that. Looking at my rather messy vines, I’ve deduced that it is time I do a little more clipping. The prune in late autumn wasn’t nearly enough.
Tasks to be done:
- Radical prune of the grape vines.
- Harvest the wild garlic and (very soon) the rhubarb
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