Now that the frosty grip of the Saints of Ice is behind us it seems as if the landscape is generating a soothing breath of sparkling colour. The most energizing is the vivid pink tips of the unfurling rhubarb stalks in the kitchen garden. Did you know that the plants are grown and harvested by candlelight, so that the stems remain pink. The rhubarb grows almost 5cm per day and it's really true that you can hear it eerily creaking or squeaking in the darkness as it pushes its way through the soil! When the leaves unfold from their buds, the tender pale pink shoots are harvested.