I couldn't resist this lovely lovely plant... I know it's completely the wrong time for this to happen, I know it probably won't work out between us, but there is no going back now, it was love at first sight.
It just looked so healthy and perfect. The fresh green of the leaves irresistibly appealing, the unblemished surfaces a compelling argument for their purchase, it was softly and quietly faultless amongst the crowd.
So I bought the rhubarb. It really did look so much nicer than anything else at the nursery, and so many things in my own garden are battered and rotting from all this rain. Baby pumpkins are falling off the vine, the tomatoes have given up the will to help me transform them into jam, even most of the cucumbers have succumbed under the attack of the ladybugs.
I've got no idea how it's going to go. On my Digger's planting guide it says to plant rhubarb in May in the subtropics, so I'm well and truly in queue for that boat. I have read that they are a perennial though, so surely it's worth a try.
It looks happy. Planted out in the shade under the watchful eye of the chickens, nestled in between some beans and lettuce.