This is the beautiful ‘broccoli precoce Romanesco’ or early Roman broccoli. When you attempt to grow brassicas in the summer, they’re decimated by cabbage white butterfly caterpillars. By April but most of the caterpillars have disappeared but it’s too late to get them going in time for winter. I sowed my brassicas mid-February and started them under mesh to keep the last of the butterflies off when the seedlings were small. Now kale, cabbage and broccoli are making a very useful addition to our dinner table. They’re still covered by mesh to keep off hungry doves, pheasants and sparrows.