Whilst I was thinking about what to write about the winding down of the gardening season - I had a wander round the 'net to see how Brassicas are represented in art - as you do - and found some wonderful paintings of Cabbages which I though I would share with you.
|Green Cabbage - oil on linen|
Jean Christofori Howton
|Watercolour painting of Three Red Cabbages|
Marilyn Z. Kahn
|Ornamental Cabbage by Bonnie Haversat|
Now - down to business. As the vegetable garden is winding down the only crops, besides leeks and parsnips, are the brassicas. I have planted plenty to see me through the winter - Savoy cabbage, January King, Scarlet Kale, Cavolo Nero Kale (if you look at the first illustration - top right, you will see it is called Dinosaur Kale), and Purple Sprouting Broccoli. I have also just planted out Cauliflower and Spring Cabbage. I have to say that I love my greens. I know it isn't the same for everyone, children in particular, and although I love the summer crops - beans etc. In my book you just can't beat a good cabbage.
Although cabbage has an extensive history, it is difficult to trace its exact roots owing to the many varieties of leafy greens classified as "brassicas". The wild ancestor of cabbage was originally found in Britain and continental Europe. Nonheading cabbages and kale were probably the first to be domesticated, sometime before 1000 BC, and the Greeks and Romans had some variety of cabbage, although whether it was more closely related to today's cabbage or to one of the other Brassica crops is unknown.
|Purple Sprouting Broccoli|
|Cavolo Nero (Black) Kale|
|The plot on Sunday - a foggy morning|