The pickings for the colander harvest are a little thin at the moment but at least there is the over-wintered flat-leaf parsley. It is looking good today.
I enjoy using both flat and curled parsley with lemon juice in salads, but somehow the flat-leaf parsley seems more evocative of summer holidays in France or Italy.
I am going to use it to make a tabbouleh to share with my visiting US and locally-based London cousins. Although the parsley tastes good even though it is a winter harvest I can hardly wait until the first summer harvest of my tomatoes.
I am usually alarmed if a little pink finger is showing across the lens of my camera but today I have deliberately taken a ‘finger-selfie’ so that I can post this tiny blog in my friend Michelle Chapman’s Twitter #mygardenrightnow event this weekend (4 and 5 March). (You can find Michelle on Twitter – her handle is @.)
I have to say that taking a photograph of one hand cutting herbs into a colander is quite a feat (pun not intended)!
The apricot is causing me a mixture of joy and apprehension: it is so lovely to see its pale pink to white buds opening on the shoots. But I am so fearful that the weather will damage them, that there will be a frost or that the pair of lovely bullfinches that have visited the garden in past springs will appear once more. Last year there were but a handful of apricots on the tree, compared to the bucket-load that there were in 2015.
I live in hope!