Well, that looks pretty much like a rose, doesn't it? It is actually a Radicchio, of the variety "Firestorm".
I'm particularly proud of the bigger one of this pair, which is not only of a good size, but also very dense and heavy, which means it must have lots of tightly-packed leaves.
2012 was a good year for Radicchio, which is probably due to the weather. It likes a bit of cold (which makes its leaves go a darker colour), but not really freezing weather. It is also evidently able to survive greater levels of moisture than it would normally get! This Winter I'm really glad of my raised beds, which certainly improve drainage.
Radicchios, and other types of chicory, are good things to plant in the late Summer and early Autumn, providing salad leaves right up till Christmas (and sometimes like 2012, later), when little else of this nature is available.
For the last two years I have grown the variety "Firestorm" (From Duchy Originals, available via Tand M), because I am really happy with the results I have achieved with it, but I must also commend the pack of "Misticanza" (a mix of Lettuce / Chicory / Radicchio) seeds that I bought from Seeds of Italy in 2008.
It does look like a rose MarkReplyDelete
I love your "rose". I like mixed pack sometimes too. At least if I have a guess as to what varieties that I'm growing because if I like one and not the others I really want to grow it again.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful "Christmas rose", Mark!ReplyDelete
Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing, looks like a very good crop to grow. Since this is my year for experimentation I might just add it to my list : )ReplyDelete
The radicchio could certainly pass as a rose.ReplyDelete
Pretty Rose... Anything else still out in the beds?ReplyDelete