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Rain, sun, hail and very, very strong winds!

30 Mar

Yes, we had the lot today! Not as bad as Scotland with their blizzards but bad enough. So, unable to do anything in the garden, l took refuge in the greenhouse.

Greenhouse

I am rapidly running out of staging with all the trays of seedlings and pots of sweet peas, tomatoes and herbs. It soon becomes one big balancing act so l think l will have to make a cold frame soon. The whole greenhouse visibly shook in some of the gusts we had in the afternoon. Beth, the cat, never flinched while sleeping amongst the plants.

In between the showers l had a quick check on everything in the garden. I noticed the rhubarb is really romping away. By Easter l will be picking the first stalks. Rhubarb and custard, simple and lovely!

Spring rhubarb

Bursting bud

This bud looks like the head of an alien! I find it incredible to think that within 10 days or so this bud will have unfurled into a red stem of  delicious rhubarb with a huge green leaf soaking up the warm spring sunshine….l hope. Nature’s great.

When the sky went black and l thought l might be re-enacting The Wizard of Oz and be whisked up into the skies in my greenhouse l retreated to the kitchen. I had seen a recipe for Lemon Curd in this months The English Garden so decided to have a go. Eggs from the girls provided the colour and it tastes amazing. I was well chuffed for a first attempt.

Lemon curd

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 30, 2010 in March, The garden

 

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3 responses to “Rain, sun, hail and very, very strong winds!

  1. annie

    March 30, 2010 at 22:04

    That rhubarb looks amazing, mine’s all of 2″ tall but it is a baby plant.
    And that lemon curd looks very tasty, lovely colour.

     
  2. Jo

    March 31, 2010 at 08:49

    Rhubarb does look prehistoric when in bud. As mine is only in it’s second year I didn’t take any stems from it last year, but I’m hoping to get enough for a crumble this year. The lemon curd looks yummy.

     
  3. trevorhunt

    March 31, 2010 at 10:58

    Hi Annie & Jo, You are right to leave the rhubarb in its first year but this year you will have the pleasure of making your own crumble. I can’t wait! The lemon curd is lovely! I was given a treat of lemon curd on toast in bed this morning!I’ll have to make more! Still blowing a terrible gale here. The hens hate it. So do l!

     

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