I found myself in the habit of just opening a packet of seeds and sowing them without giving the seeds themselves much thought. The amazingly ugly achocha seeds jolted me out of this casualness so I decided to look more closely at the amazing variety we have. At Serpentine, we typically grow about 150 different varieties each year. Just under 10% are shown in this image. We have beetroot, foxglove, nasturtium, fennel flower, coriander, dwarf french Pawnee, electric daisy, dwarf french Soldier, pea Magnum Bonum, achocha, lettuce Bloody Warrior, mixed sunflowers, radish and a stray honesty. The foxgloves are like dust, the french beans are different colours, the sunflowers are different shapes and sizes, the lettuce still has some of the fluffy “dandelion” heads attached. A whole garden on a sheet of paper.
Achocha Sunflower Beetroot, fennel flower