Warmish, but overcast. Dug the 2 rows of King Edward potatoes (actually most of them are not K.E. but another larger kind, perhaps Great Scott). Again very poor though better than the earlies. The best had 16 sizeable potatoes to the root, average about 8. A great many I had to throw away as they were squashy. Everyone here is making the same complaint, so evidently we have some disease about. The first bush marrow has produced a great number of marrows. We had already cut 2 or 3 off it & now it has 4 more sizeable ones & others coming. The pumpkin has at last got hold & is swelling rapidly, so should have some time to reach a fair size before the frosts.
NB. That M[uriel, Orwell’s goat]. was showing signs of heat about 8th & 9th, so should come on again about the 30th.
I had no idea there was a potato called “Great Scott.” That’s a bit awesome.
Dr. Watson and Mr. Wilson loved that particular genre of potato. Daily Planet editor, Perry White, is believed to have preferred “Great Caeser’s Ghost!” potatoes.
Behave yourself, Muriel! Eric knows at least one way to cure a goatskin.
“King Edward” potatoes – in some countries, you could be jailed for that kind of lese majeste.
I wonder if it was named after Edward VII – boring and floury you’d think, or Edward VIII – much more exciting taste with a transatlantic tang; but the Eighths would not stick around in the larder for long.
They should name a potato after John Howard.