It may be the wrong time to be playing about with asparagus, however the shoots on this purple sprouting variety gives me hope that I haven't totally stuffed up.
I figure that growth above ground probably indicates root development below ground too and both are signs that it is happy where it is.
I think this must be an example of what Jackie French calls the Autumn Flush. That would be why, in this climate, we can get the seedlings up and growing ready for the winter crops.
I hope these skinny bastards put on some weight in the next couple of years.