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!!!