The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.........
The asparagus bed that Alan planted last spring, and which we have nurtured through its first season, is showing signs of life. I noticed the first spears pushing through the soil a couple of days ago - drawn irresistibly from the soil's moist, dark depths by the warm spring sunshine. Unfortunately they won't be making their way to our plates this year.
Asparagus is a crop which requires patience. The crowns need time to build their strength before the succulent spears can be cut in any quantity. It will be another year before we can gather a harvest and enjoy them dripping with melted butter and scattered with shavings of Parmesan or dipped into creamy hollandaise sauce. So many recipes and such a short season.
Worth waiting for? Definitely.