That’s right, folks. Things are waking up out there. Like, they’re on caffeine, as only plants in the Pacific Northwest can be. I think it’s in the groundwater. Seriously. Here’s a quick backyard survey (if you click on the photo, you’ll get a bigger view). How are things in your neck of the woods?
Lovage buds emerging
Lovage is great at this time of year. The strong celery flavor is just right. When the plant gets bigger, it gets too bitter for cooking - but is still nice for other uses.
Succulent rhubarb bud
Succulent rhubarb bud, with a flavor that will make you pucker
Emerging Day Lillies - I am going to divide & replant these.
Emerging Day Lillies - I am going to divide & replant these all over in my garden!
Baby Hollyhocks will make a tall statement
Baby Hollyhocks will make a tall statement in the months to come. They readily self-seed, but I don't have the heart to pull them, they are so beautiful!
Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry, one of the first to bloom.
Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry, one of the first to bloom. This will eventually grow to a tree.
Russian Giant garlic has had a growth spurt!
Russian Giant garlic has had a growth spurt! It's looking taller than most of the garlics in the garden right now.
Garlic sprout in early March - Looking good!
Garlic sprout in early March - Looking good! Four-fingers high!
The Kale Forest is a real jungle right now!
The Kale Forest is a real jungle right now! Who cannot love this dramatic plant?!
Young leaves of Cardoon
When the Cardoon is young like this, the leaves are really good! They taste a lot like artichokes, to which they are related. Steam lightly, blend with a little butter & lemon; use as a sauce or dip - yum!
Primrose blossoms! They're back!
Primrose blossoms! They're back! And what would pre-Spring be without them?! They bring such cheer when the weather is still cold & dreary. Everyone should grow some!
Get ready, get set, go C*R*A*Z*Y!!!
2 thoughts on “16 Days Until Spring”
Here in south eastern Indiana the weather has been crazy. Tornadoes on saturday, 40’s on Sunday, 2 inches of snow on Monday and temps in the 60’s by wednesday. The only thing green in my garden is the greens on my shallots.
I wish I could grow your tree kale here. Great pictures. I enjoy your site very much.
Hi Tom! Hang in there! Your weather will soon be outshining ours – we tend to hang on to this windy cold damp stuff for months on end. Great for kale & broccoli, but what I lust after in the “heat” of summer is a fresh ripe tomato and a roasted ear of corn! Peaches & melons just won’t happen, so don’t even think about them! My heart goes out to all of those in the path of the tornadoes – the stories coming out on the news really bring me to tears. All the more reason to grow a big garden – so you will have plenty to share with those less fortunate! (And we just got back from Colorado – similar temp swings – upper 20s one night with snow & howling winds, followed by temps in the 50s, all over a couple of days! Crazy is right!)