So, I was on the phone the other day and was quite rudely interrupted by the sudden appearance of new growth in the garden.
As I spoke, I was looking out my bedroom window towards my favourite view of the front garden.
"Scapes! I think I have scapes! I've gotta go!" I was pretty excited, although my friend didn't even know what a scape was.
One of the reasons I grew garlic last year was for the scape harvest. But the scapes never came. I'd been reading about the heads that garlic produce and seen recipes for using them. I really wanted to try them, but they didn't appear last year. I love the idea of eating from the garlic plants before harvesting the bulbs.
Unfortunately, there were no scapes the other day. What I had noticed were seed heads developing on my shallots, the ones I planted and forgot to harvest last year. Humph. Disappointing, but I snapped them off and added them to our supper.
But today I really did find scapes! On my garlic just where they belong and tasting exactly as I expected them to taste.
They are firm and smooth and tasty and delicious. I chopped one into our potato salad and nibbled on another one. Mmmm, garlic-y.
The other thing I noticed being produced was the awesome smell of peonies.
I may like the smell of peonies even better than lilacs. I planted a little peony corner this year to increase the lovely smell, but like the garlic, I may to wait a couple of years before I see any results.