Orla potato flowers… at last

Orla potato flowerAbout bloody time. Jeez. It feels like YEARS since I planted these Orla spuds. First Earlies… my arse.

Anyway, they’re here now. And they’re flowering, so maybe I can risk digging one up.

Tomorrow’s the night. Fresh, toothsome, earthy new potatoes for supper… or disappointment?

Anyone been digging their spuds for weeks already and laughing at my feeble efforts? Now’s the time to crow if you have to…

15 Responses to “Orla potato flowers… at last”

  1. Cazaux's Food Factory Says:

    We dug some “Pixie” up a week ago which were very tasty but too small.

    Last night I returned with my fork for another stab at the pixies and they were beauties. So clean, compact and more importantly most of them were sized to perfection.

    I had already had dinner but couldn’t resist cooking off the runts at 22:30 last night, melted a “not so” small amount of butter and seasoned with black pepper.

    Enjoy your supper tonight Soilman. I know we will.

    Have you ever let earlies “fat up”. we may have planted too many, and this being my first attempt with the earlies, I’m not too sure if they could hollow out or wont be good eaters if left in the ground too long?

  2. Soilman Says:

    Hiya Cazaux

    Yes, I always end up letting some Earlies grow on to ‘full’ size. Doesn’t hurt them. Some varieties are actually better as big spuds than as small ones. Duke of Yorks, for instance, don’t boil terribly well as new potatoes, but they make fabulous chips and baked potatoes.

  3. Cazaux's Food Factory Says:

    Thank you, judicious Soilman.

  4. SquareFootHammer Says:

    Fantastic flowers Soilman. I’ve not seen anything close to flowers from my “swift” potatoes yet, but hope they do something soon? Can’t wait for some fresh spuds!

  5. Suzanne Says:

    such patience! mine were all dug up at the first sign of a bud forming – pah! to fully formed flowers. Perhaps that is why my crop was rather disappointing….hmmm

  6. barbara Says:

    we’re waiting for flowers here too, don’t even think we have any buds!

  7. Jo Says:

    No crowing here. Mine aren’t anywhere near ready yet.

  8. Soilman Says:

    You don’t have to wait for flowers with some varieties of potato, folks (some don’t have any!), so don’t rely upon them as a guide; have a little dig under the foliage and see if you’ve got any spuds ready!

    Jo: I wanted to leave a message on your blog saying how awesome your brassica cages look, but it requires me to register in some way that I don’t want to do. Are you aware that it’s asking this of potential commenters?

  9. Rampant_Weasel Says:

    personaly i start digging them about now regardless of size unless they are marbles of course as the first earlies only have to last a month and the second earlies are ready….so as they are so expensive in the shops i happily murder my first crop 🙂

  10. Matron Says:

    No not yet. I planted some International Kidney in a big bag in the greenhouse to get an early crop, they are big and healthy plants but no sign of flowers or potatoes yet. Quite late this year.

  11. jopan Says:

    mine are nowhere near ready either.

  12. Soilman Says:

    Well, I did dig some. And they’re tiny. Just about respectable to eat them, but each plant yields only enough for one person… which isn’t too economical.

    Plus the ground is dry as sand (which is why the potatoes are so tiny). I’ve not seen this before so early in the season. I fear the summer’s going to be desert-like.

  13. Jo Says:

    Many thanks for pointing that out Soilman. I’ve just checked my settings and yes, you do have to register, doh! It should now be rectified. Thanks again.

  14. Claud Says:

    Can i leave my first earlies until september?

  15. Soilman Says:

    Claud hi

    Yes, you can… although they’ll get very big by then!