Grandson no 3 went to the Isle of Wight recently and brought back some garlic plants and other interesting products from the garlic farm there! The garlic grown there is supposed to be very good and our daughter gave us one of the plants as well as some bulbs which are much bigger than the normal varieties.
We didn't try the garlic fudge! The relish was quite tasty. We enjoyed it as an accompaniment to the food we had for a lunch in our daughter's garden when we went down to Berkshire.
Our daughter enjoys gardening and visiting plant and food festivals and she's always looking for something unusual to give us as a present. The plastic tube is a garlic skinner. You roll a clove of garlic in the tube to get the skin off and then you can crush it on the rigged saucer and use the brush to pick up the mashed pieces. It's good fun, but I have a garlic press that I brought back from Italy because I liked the design and I normally use that.
I took this photo of a corner of the allotment, (a plot of land rented out from the city council in order to grow fruit and vegetables), a week or two ago. The broad beans and garlic were the first vegetable plants to go in and now there are rows more beans, onions etc.
We have been wondering if the blossom on the pear tree in the garden will survive through the
cold, windy weather of the last week. The blossom on the huge, wild cherry tree in our neighbour's garden has looked stunning. It always looks its best in blossom time and in the Autumn.