Thursday, September 18, 2008
Brassica oleracea 'Lacinato'
Synonyms: Black Tuscan Kale, Black Cabbage, Black Palm, Nero Toscana, and Cavolo Nero.
This was a new plant on me. The sun shining through the leaves gave an interesting texture and pattern. The nursery was stocked up on Kale but it seems a little early to rip out the annuals and plant the fall stuff. Some of the annuals are looking a little long in the tooth but most are still going strong. They are saying there is a frost warning for Sullivan County, New York for Friday morning. That is a little close, although they are more inland then Fairfield County, and I will be keeping an eye on the forecast and the thermometer.
Hopefully they will have some of the nicer varieties of Kale and Ornamental Cabbage when I go to plant them. Probably not they seem to get all snatched up before then. This Kale had beautiful long leaves and color. After looking up Kale on the net I found that Kales don’t form a head with their central leaves like Cabbage. The plant has been in cultivation since at least the 4th century BC. This is the best shot I could manage of the full leaves.
The planting job is going okay. There was a lot of transplanting that I hadn’t planned on so that was slowing things down a bit. Another couple of days ought to do it.
To throw in a flower picture here is an Aster that was not marked. It was really tall and had a bit of a frilly appearance, which made it unusual to me.