The first spear of Asparagus emerged this week. Hooray! The plants seem to send up one of two tentative spears very early in the season, as if to check out the conditions above ground before committing themselves to full-scale production. This one of mine looks as if it is a purple variety. It isn't, though. It is one called "Glinlijm". This spear will turn green once the light gets to it.
The flowers of my final daffodil variety, "Minnow" are out now. They are very pale and delicate, and as the name suggests, small. The Minnow is a type of very tiny freshwater fish...
But there are lots of them, and each stem has two or three flowers.
Most of the other daffodil types are pretty much past their best now. The Tete-a-Tete ones round the base of the Crab Apple tree have all turned brown, allowing the Muscari or "Grape Hyacinths" to show up a bit.
Whilst wandering around the garden, I spotted a broken bird's egg on the ground underneath the "Fish tree". I think it may be a pigeon's egg. Judging by the amount of flapping of wings and general to-ing and fro-ing in the nearby conifer in my neighbour's garden, I reckon there is a pigeon's nest somewhere in there. By the way, for those of you who don't know this already, the tree we call the Fish tree is actually a Sorbus of some sort, but when it flowers it has a very strong "fishy" smell, hence the name.
My next picture shows how prolific a self-seeder the Aquilegia is...
The anti-fox precautions on the Pea- and Bean-bed seem to have worked OK so far.The Broad Beans and the Peas are only just showing through the surface of the soil now, but the Radishes I sowed between the rows are racing ahead.
Looked at in close-up, the Radish seedlings exhibit the classic brassica characteristics. The configuration of the cotyledons (seed-leaves) makes them look like tiny butterflies!
Radishes grow very quickly, and they are often sown as "markers" alongside rows of other seeds, to indicate where they are. They will be harvested and out of the way before they get into contention with the other plants for the nutrients in the soil.