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!!!