Six foxgloves, six peas and a lettuce glut

Once again I failed to do a #SixonSaturday post but I did submit these rather lovely foxgloves via twitter.

These are all growing along the back hedge and the new fence at the side of the garden, some transplanted from the raspberry bed during a weeding session back in January – for more see here – they have come out rather well, I think.

I had wondered about doing a six for my six varieties of peas, but didn’t quite get round to it. So here they are for you, rather late on Sunday instead:

I’ve already forgotten which one is which but in amongst these you can find ‘Prussian Blue’, ‘Carouby de Mausanne’, ‘Salmon Pink’, ‘Blauschocker’, ‘Red Gris’ and ‘Norli’. After a slow start, they all seem to be doing rather well, although despite these colourful names, I am only seeing white flowers. Perhaps I have got them a bit mixed up again. Most exciting though, the Norlis have produced some tiny little pods. These are mange tout so we had some in salad this evening:

We are rather drowning in salad just now, with some spring sown lettuces in full production. These are called ‘Cocarde’. They have a slight tinge of red to them which I think deters the slugs and snails a bit. It’s an odd thing to say about lettuce but they also taste wonderful. I harvested two giants yesterday, along with a bunch of red onions and wondered whether to make red onion soup and lettuce salad or lettuce soup and red onion salad.

I decided on the red onion soup colourfully supported by some beetroot stock (recipe based on this one)

It was rather good and we still have lots of lettuce to keep us going for a while. It’s been a busy weekend and I didn’t get as much done in the garden or allotment as I’d hoped but there’s a real sense that the harvest season has started.

I’ll finish with some flowers – this rather lovely Astrantia, which I bought at a posh plant sale a long time ago and moved from my old garden to this one. It seems to have really established now, spreading along one of my wee flower borders:

It is underplanted by Bird’s Foot Trefoil (craws’ taes) which I planted to remind me of my childhood island summers. Here is a fluffy bee enjoying the flowers.

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