Plus one!

The reason I went around the garden looking for flowers to photograph for my previous post, was this:

Cauliflower

In April, my sister and my nephew helped me to dig up some lawn and extend the vegetable patch. I planted a lime tree and sweetpeas, and curly kale, rainbow chard and cauliflower. This is the first cauliflower in the new patch. I’ve been inspecting the plants regularly – while I hang washing out – and there it was, suddenly, already rather large. Magic!

More than just a few signs of Spring

Some interesting flowers are appearing in the garden. The bay, which grows in a large pot, has these lovely flowers.

Bay tree

The rhubarb is flowering. These would usually be cut straight away, but there’s little threat to the prolific production of edible stalks which have continued throughout the winter.

Rhubarb

The cabbage tree – ti kouka – is producing flower stems.

Ti kouka – dancing leaves

Below this, the broad beans are flowering.

Broad beans

The curly kale, which has provided greens for salads all winter, is producing flowers – aka going to seed – aka bolting.

Curly kale

The salad greens are bolting – and birds are enjoying digging in the soil around them. Behind this, you can see borage and forget-me-nots in flower.

salad greens

Bees are busy in the rosemary.

Rosemary

Birds are loving the kowhai.

Kowhai

The cherry blossom too, looks wonderful against the sky.

Cherry blossom

Apple blossom is appearing.

Apple blossom – Sturmer

The blueberry is covered in flowers.

Blueberry

And, hiding under the leaves, the first strawberry flowers.

Strawberry

The garden is full of flowers and that fresh, lush green which only Spring can produce, even as the weather fluctuates from hot days to biting winds.