When small is REALLY beautiful

small cauliflowerSmall is hardly beautiful in the vegetable world, but this year it’s the best I’m going to get… so I’m bloody thrilled.

In the midst of the July heatwave, I was convinced my cauliflowers were going to die or produce mini-heads. To my own utter astonishment, they’re now starting to head. Er, not lavishly. But still.

So my habitual pessimism has served me poorly this year. Despite everything the weather has thrown at my vegetables, and despite a distinct want of effort on my part, I’ve had no outright crop failures (unless you count a row of carrots so small they looked like those mini toothbrushes you get on long-haul flights).

Here’s to cauliflower cheese tonight!

8 Responses to “When small is REALLY beautiful”

  1. Damo Says:

    Well done on a nice looking caulie, I have one left to nurture and would be happy to get it anywhere near that.

  2. Tanya Walton Says:

    Soilman I think small is beautiful…I didn’t get a single floret so I think you should be very proud of yourself!!

  3. Dirty Girl Gardening Says:

    Yum! I love eating my own veg (who doesn’t?!) no matter how small or deformed. You always think your baby is the cutest!

  4. Christina Says:

    I’ve never, ever succeeded with cauliflower. I’m jealous.

    Hope the teeth adventures end soon.

  5. Simon Says:

    You have some nice flowers in any case.

    By the way, what is that growing up the wall under the window? It looks a bit like ripe chili peppers.

  6. Soilman Says:

    ‘Fraid it’s a boring old fuschia, Simon, albeit one of my favourite varieties: “Army Nurse”.

  7. allotment blogger Says:

    We didn’t even bother with caulis this year, as we were on such a hiding to nothing with them last year. I’m impressed by your nouvelle cuisine style cauliflower – the curd looks excellent.

  8. Matron Says:

    I’ve never even tried to grow a cauliflower. Much too difficult for me, Well done Soilman!