Monday through my eyes

Looking around today I see that some vegetables and herbs are flowering in my garden.


“Rocket or arugula (Eruca vesicaria) is an edible annual plant in the family Brassicaceae used as a leaf vegetable for its fresh, tart, bitter, and peppery flavor.”


I planted a small punnet of rocket seedlings ( in a garden bed, hoping that one or two might grow. I wish I’d taken a photo of when they were prolific. AND THEN THEY SELF SEEDED, everywhere. I attacked them savagely and cut them back. Oh, the smell, I loved it. They regrew. Enough is enough. They threatened to become a weed. So I sadly, tried to remove them. But, then as an afterthought, I transplanted a few to a more remote spot. Now I have hundreds of little rocket babies, waiting to emerge again.

Loving their flowers.


Gai lan

Gai lan or kai-lan (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra) is the Cantonese name for Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale.It is a leaf vegetable with thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems, and florets similar to (but much smaller than) broccoli


The Gai lan seedlings were planted a few months ago. I’ve never grown them before. I’d eaten them in Chinese dishes, like stir fried vegetables. They grew happily, but then bolted to flowers when no one was looking. While I was looking up the correct spelling, I learned that the flowers are edible. So maybe there will be stir fry soon.

Gai lan

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