Good Morning

Sunrise

I got an interesting sky this morning. I love the skies with lots of different clouds, the more the merrier, and if they have different colours all the better. Mr. Swiss has already sprayed our growing lawn and yes, it is recovering. We still have two flat marks from the scaffolding support last year, but even they are beginning to look greener. I was out in the garden this morning with my walker to take a photo or two and noticed that when the lawn is wet it is not a good idea to go out for a carmera tour. I now have muddy traces of wheels in my kitchen: not so bad, the kitchen will be mopped eventually.

Big leaved plant

This strange plant was the reason for my garden excursion. The first time I noticed it was last year. It was then young and had three large leaves, miniature versions of those that are now growing. I asked my gardener what it could be, but he was making guesses and I got no believable answer. I forgot the whole thing, but left it in the garden as these mysterious plants often have a 2 year rhythm with flowers. This year it is still there. More leaves have appeared and twice the size of last year. Is this a new horticultural development, do I have something that the others do not have? I am keeping an eye on it. Perhaps I should give it fertiliser. I also noticed some prickly leaves growing next to it, a species of thistle perhaps. I tried to pull it up, but the stem broke and so this will be a job for Mr. Swiss.

Asparagus

Talking of oversized objects, we decided on asparagus for the evening meal. It is now the season in Europe and there was a special offer in the supermarket at 20% cheaper. They were the big ones, double the size. We have both green and white asparagus, but we prefer the white ones as a meal with cold cuts, mainly ham, and served with a sauce hollandaise (which I buy as a powder because I am not spending my time nursing eggs and butter stirring it at the right temperature with some wine to stop it curdling and getting the perfect consistency). A ready made powder mixed with milk and heated does the job just as well. The asparagus grows  in covered mounds to keep then white and they are more fleshy.

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It seems our perfect April weather means we should give more water to the plants. Even the local stables were spraying. Our Swiss meteorologists have now told us that our April was 5° warmer that it should have been. I found it a wonderful April, I have never seen such an explosion of flowers and I am sure we will have a great harvest this year if the rain and hail keep away from the flowers. This morning looks like another sunny day.

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I am now off to do what all good housewives do and will leave you with one of the photos from a restaurant garden in our village. Look after yourselves, be kind to you computers and vacuum cleaners and do not forget the mops. They have a hard life to lead. I will be back.

16 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • White asparagus is more common here. The stems are thicker. We often have it during the season on sarturday evening with ham. I like to cook the green asparagus as a risotto with saffron rice. My new plant stays in the same place, but if it takes up its roots and walksi I will definitely take a photo.

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  2. There are not many plants that I can not identify; but I do not know what that rhubarb thing is. Like the others said, it looks like rhubarb. I really do not know. There is a thistle next to it. It also looks like it could be related to acanthus, but I think it looks more like rhubarb.

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  3. I was so delighted with your garden, I went out and did part of the cleanup of our. With Garry’s help. He, like Marcel, is NOT a gardener, but he can handle a rake and he can help me get in and out without falling on my head. Also, he’s just a little bit taller than me, so he can clip the branches i can’t reach.

    We have something like what you are describing and it is indeed a giant thistle. It’s like regular thistle, but HUGE. Giant leave, and a big flower. I think they grow wild, but while they are blooming, they are very impressive. i let mine bloom, then i cut them down.

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    • In the meanwhile it is now clear that the plant with the big leaves is rhubarb. We don’t know how it arrived or where it came from as no one grows rhubarb where we live. The thistle was growing next to it which I have now removed. I know those thistles, I once had a wild one in the garden ant it grew like a tree. They can get very aggressive with their thorns. It is the national plant of Scotland. The problem this year is that everything is growing, as well as the weeds. It is becoming a fight for the survival of the fittest.

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