I think you can see why this kale is called "Black Tuscany"... It's very dark, isn't it?
|Cavolo Nero "Nero di Toscana"|
The undersides of the leaves are a much fresher shade of green...
This one is white, not black... Sprouting Broccoli "White Eye". Well, the flowering shoots will be white, even if the foliage is not. No sign of any shoots yet though. This is a late variety.
|Sprouting Broccoli "White Eye"|
Those of you whose blogs are listed on "Blotanical" will probably look closely at the label on the stake in my next photo! Not quite the same, but nearly.
I just love the photo opportunities offered by the shapes and colours of the broccoli...
You can see that this variety is going to be the first one harvested. The shoots are quite big already and growing rapidly.
How do you like this "framed" version of the last photo, with the toning colours? Does it enhance it or not? Should I use techniques like this on my blog, or is it a waste of time? [Did you see my post called "Playing with my Polaroids" on 11th January, where I was experimenting with this sort of thing?]
This is the bed in which both the Cavolo Nero and broccoli are growing... (in the sunshine for a change!)
Today in Fleet it is very windy, and I have been outside making sure that my brassicas are securely tied-up. Don't want them blowing over, or snapping off, at this stage of the game. Whilst doing this task I spotted a ladybird clinging on to one of the stakes. I hope it survives, to assist me with keeping the aphids under control later in the year...
For me, the broccoli harvest is probably the high spot of the gardening calendar: about nine months of patient waiting will be rewarded by about 4 to 6 weeks of harvesting, with fresh broccoli on the menu probably every other day, because it doesn't lend itself to freezing. And broccoli is definitely one of those vegetables that is never anywhere near as good when you buy it in a shop. It HAS to be home-grown!