They are a Kale originally from Denmark called "Spis bladene" which I've grown for decades in my garden in Sussex.
You could make fence posts or walking sticks from them!There's a thought for Gardening Clubs looking for a novel prize group for future years' Autumn shows. How about it Wadhurst Gardening Association, Battle Floral & Horticultural Society, Ardingly Horticultural Society and Billingshurst Horticultural Society? All of these groups have (or will have) got seed from me when they have booked me for a talk. Please see www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk
"If you want to keep a plant you must give it away."
And I admit that is part of my motivation for sharing these seeds. The main point though is that if gardeners stop growing unregistered seeds they will be lost! That is why keen gardens should think about joining Garden Organic
These kale plants are so valuable to me that I have grown them in pots and planted out under a single Linkstake above, covered in wire to keep the pigeons away. Looking at the border now, I realise that this may have been a waste of time!
Can you see in front of the wire cage and in front of the sage plant there are a half dozen self-sown Spis bladene seedlings romping away? I expect them to out-perform my pot-grown plants in weeks. They are a results of scattering plenty of seeds that the Green finches missed last autumn.
To all my gardening colleagues, I wish you much fun and good healthy eating from Spis bladene Kale. Do let me know how you get on with it.