and apples and currants and plums…..The fruit trees in the garden are in blossom-at least the pear and plum are, the apples are a little way behind-buds but no flowers. On the allotment there are strawberry flowers in abundance, the red and white currant flowers are nearly open, the blackcurrant dawdling. Hurray-I am already looking forward to Summer pudding, pear tart and apple crumble, all of which lie in a warm and hazy future, whilst the reality is continuing cold winds and almost frosty night sustained by rhubarb crumble. Yum.
The rhubarb is the first new season crop from the allotment, being a hardy beast. Mine don’t get the benefit of a fancy forcing pot or even a bucket. I just let it grow in the open although this year I dumped some horse manure on it. It is yielding well.
The allotment is quietly stirring into life. The early potatoes are through, as are the first sowings of parsnips, spinach,beetroot, turnips and peas. A couple of April showers and a shift of the wind to the south-west and we will be motoring. How are your Spring plans progressing? Is anything yet starring in your garden?