Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The garden surprises me




I was taken a-back on my trip to the washing line last week when I spied strange cauliflower like growths emerging from rhubarb patch. I have grown rhubarb many times but have never witnessed it flower before.




A quick google revealed that flowering rhubarb was not to be encouraged so I stopped admiring them whilst hanging out the washing and cut them off sharply, in their prime.




And now I can admire them indoors, their strange stately posture rather pleases me, other members of the family were less than entranced and wondered why I was displaying cauliflower in vases, "for my blog?" - they supposed.


17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family often says much the same when they are puzzled by something I'm doing

so glad to read that you shd cut rhubarb flowers, as I was wondering what to do about mine. And now I know, so thank you

Joanna

englishkitchen.tumble.com

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:24:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family often says much the same when they are puzzled by something I'm doing

so glad to read that you shd cut rhubarb flowers, as I was wondering what to do about mine. And now I know, so thank you

Joanna

englishkitchen.tumble.com

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:24:00 pm  
Blogger Tabiboo said...

I have never seen rhubarb flower either - it looks ever so pretty though.

Nina x

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:47:00 pm  
Blogger Gina said...

They are rather beautiful in a sculptural kind of way!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 2:26:00 pm  
Blogger Gigibird said...

Many years ago my old rhubarb plant had what I thought was a beautiful flower appearing….my father called round and almost burst a blood vessel when he saw it and immediately cut it down telling me in a rather exasperated manner that if I had let it flower my rhubarb would have died….and he was very partial to my rhubarb.
We live and learn.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 2:34:00 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

Yes, mine flowers at the drop of a hat too - and I'm ruthless with it. But it doesn't die if you leave the flowers - our allotments are full of neglected rhubarb plants that appear to be indestructible!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 3:32:00 pm  
Blogger dottycookie said...

Oooh, I didn't know it flowered - I must keep a sharp eye on mine as I'm on a bit of a rhubarb kick at the minute and I'll be heartbroken if the stems stop coming!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:02:00 pm  
OpenID stitchesoftime said...

Yes me too with the baffled family - they just pat me on the head and smile. Oh and try and disown me when I take pics of my food in foreign countries!


They are very pretty flowers in a strange kind of way - I didn't know it flowered but then have never grown rhubarb.

Hope that you ge a good crop now,

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:54:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

Those are the most exotic cut flowers ever!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:08:00 pm  
Blogger Willow said...

I miss my rhubarb-I write that every time you mention it! If ever I have a rhubarb patch again, I'll still quickly cut off those flowers but I'll bring them in the house and admire them placed in vases.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

Too funny - I think it's pretty, too! The other day, I put some celery in a vase of water, as it was getting limp. A friend popped over for tea, and complimented me on my celery bouquet, sure I was up to something "crunchy" (as in hippy, although the pun made me laugh). :o)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:29:00 pm  
Anonymous kim said...

These are amazing. I had no idea. And, of course, they are for your blog. Duh!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 1:38:00 am  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I do think they have a kind of statuesque beauty about them. How lovely that the plant is both feeding you and providing visual sustenance too :)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 7:39:00 am  
Blogger Cybèle said...

I really like them. Had no idea that rhubarb would flower - my rhubarb plant has been neglected for years and has never flowered!
Btw have you been to Halfpenny House Haberdashery in Needham Market yet? Well worth a visit!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 2:10:00 pm  
Blogger kristina said...

Oooh they look lovely. What was I thinking putting them on the compost? They clearly belong in vases! K x

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 3:47:00 pm  
Blogger Linda said...

The colours are lovely. I don't grow Rhubarb but I think I want to now!

Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:43:00 pm  
Blogger Kai said...

I love flowering rhubarb. It's one of those sights that brings a huge smile to my face. Reminds me though, I should go out and check my rhubarb too! :)

Monday, May 10, 2010 12:01:00 pm  

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