Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time...


My cavolo nero is starting to take off, the spring onions are doing well, my spinach is thinking about it and my cabbages are decidedly disinterested. As far as is possible to tell, the carrots are looking pretty good, but my brussels sprouts seem to have no intention of forming delightful little buds. 
It's my first go at planting a Winter garden, and it's not hugely successful so far. The star is some self seeded parsley, but that is not going to fill my plate with home grown veges.
I dream of a glass house and a neon green thumb!

X

18 comments:

Sue said...

Well at least you gave it a crack!! Your summer garden will fill your plate with goodness and your heart with pride. So very very glad your gorgeous self is back!! Liking the polka dots and animal print.

Curtise said...

There's a steep learning curve when acquiring new skills, isn't there? Including gardening. But I'm sure that year on year, your garden will develop, along with the greenness of your thumb! And whether your Brussels are sprouting or not, you look glorious in leopard print and red. Cheers, darling! xxx

Mother of Reinvention said...

Veggies are a bit hit or miss here too. Have you tried Swiss Chard? Really easy and you can get it with coloured stems.Love the leopard coat. It looks super warm. Xx

Beth Waltz said...

I believe the adjective I'm looking for is WOWSA! The sweet and spicy scarlets under the plush animal print could work only when worn with panache. And whatever vegs you're lacking*, dear Helga, panache you have got!

*what is that nero plant when it's in the States?

J said...

I love your cardigans and dreamy prose.

Vix said...

I remember the days when G did the gardening and you looked on encouragingly whilst knocking back the vino.
I've got a tomato plant and that's it this year, we're never around long enough to lavish the care needed to grown anything other than cobwebs & weeds!
Loving the leopard beast and the polka dots but what's a cavolo nero? Time to google...
Love you! xxx

Forest City Fashionista said...

Sorry to hear that your garden is not flourishing. Perhaps if you stood near it in one of your fabulous outfits for a while each day, you might inspire the little plants to bloom?

Beth Waltz said...

Mother is right, of course. Cavolo nero appears to be a variant of kale, which is very tricky to grow unless the soil is Tuscan (in NZ?) and weather is brightly sunny, dry and cold. Pfui, I say! Go for chard, which comes in a zillion colors and grows like a tasty weed. Speaking of which, unless you're not allowed to import weeds, you might have a go at heirloom giant dandelions.

Delia Ryder said...

Ahh good to hear you have the vegetable planting bug to :-) I am sure with a bit of love they will start to grow and crop for you. Can you build a polytunnel for your spinach maybe? we have just built one and there so easy I will be sharing it on my new blog soon. dee xx

thorne garnet said...

too bad about the garden, you look lovely

Louise McDonagh said...

I love home grown veg. I haven't really got the space to do it in my little yard, and I'm far too lazy to have an allotment. Good luck, I hope all your sprouts sprout! Xx

Goody said...

From my experience with a winter garden in the Northern hemisphere, spinach and kale take their time growing. For weeks it looks as though they're stunted at the early stage, but suddenly after a few sunny days as you near spring they take off and grow like crazy. Good luck with it, given the wild weather you've been having of late it is a miracle you can grow parsley!

Man, that coat. Who cares about the plants, look at that coat!

freckleface said...

There is nothing like growing and eating your own vegetables, that's for sure, but yours sound like they're playing up a bit. I think brussels are tricky little buggers generally. We never had much luck in our garden with them, but it's looking a bit more promising up at the allotment. I think they get more light up there. Anyway, look at you looking luxurious in your furs and swigging your vino, why have I never thought of that? Must do better! Lovely to see you! Xxxxx

Ivy Black said...

There's nowt quick like growing your own. Winter gardening is always a challenge.
I haven't done too badly this summer but the rain just isn't stopping at the moment so it may as well be winter, and I fear my outdoor tomatoes will give up the ghost to bleedin' blight. That's the thing about gardening I suppose-we're not really in charge!
Cheers darling!
xxxx

Caramella said...

You look Great! Love cavolo nero by the way! Ciao :)

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Why hello darling. So nice to pop over for a visit & see a post from you. I miss you!!!! Xx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

I had plans to ... but just as well that I give up before I tried.

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