Last weekend I sowed several more salad varieties:
I sowed three different types of lettuce:- "Fristina", a curly green one; "Delicato", a red oak-leaf type; and "Valdor", a large green Butterhead type. "Valdor" is often sown as a Winter lettuce on account of its tolerance of cold wet conditions. It should be ideal for an English summer then!! I'm sowing it because it is one of the varieties sent to me for trialling by The London Herb Garden, but I received it last Autumn when it was too late to sow.
I also sowed two types of Endive:- "Pancalieri" and "Grosse Pommant Seule". These are varieties specially suited for spring sowing. With Endives you really do need to sow at the right time. If you sow an "Autumn sowing" variety in the Spring it will probably bolt before it matures.
The mixed salad seeds that I sowed in that big green plastic crate are germinating now, so I have moved the crate out from the garage into full daylight. The first seeds to germinate were the aptly-named Rocket.
The Wild Garlic that I brought from my MIL's house last year is growing vigorously.
I didn't think it would be very happy in that plastic tub for much longer, so I have transplanted it to the border.
The unsightly sticks are a very necessary anti-fox measure. I hope the garlic will spread rapidly - hopefully next year I will be able to harvest a crop from it.
Lurking in the centre of the clump you can see the first flower-bud coming up.
In the area where I have put the garlic there are also a couple of clumps of Snakeshead Fritillaries.
Not as many as I would like. I was hoping that they would make themselves at home and spread out, but there are fewer of them than I had last year, and individually they look quite thin. Maybe next year...?