It's red, royal and ...
... to my eye, a touch pubescent?
Yes, it's rhubarb. But not just any rhubarb. This is - Barmoral Rhubarb, from Royal Deeside, but photoed today on my allotment. No, of course I am not joking. It is from a strain originally grown under the Royal Standard and it has a suitably fine and superior flavour, proven to tickle royal palates over many generations.
It is special for another reason. It is fiercely red as it grows and - wait for it - retains its redness when cooking and afterwards. It looks as great as it tastes. Rhubarb fit for a King or Queen.
It's just a pity I can't tell you how I came by it: Well, I suppose I might, if you were to give me a star or three. Trust me, it's a good story.
To be continued ....
The extra is a common or garden Pulmonaria from an offshoot given to me 30 plus years ago by a then neighbour over on the other side of the city. I am very fond of it, not least because it grows like a weed and is as tough as old boots.