The early garden

One of my favorite things about spring is watching my garden come to life.  This week marks five years since I moved into my house and each year I have planted a few more things here and there that come back to greet me. Here are a few that are making me smile today…

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Some pretty daffodils. I forget the name of the first, but the second are called “summer cheer” and are multi-headed daffs. They are late bloomers, but I love them.

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A lovely tulip that somehow ended up in my garlic (/weed *cough cough*) patch. Thanks for the surprise, squirrels!

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My Lenten Rose is going gangbusters this year. This is the biggest it has ever been.

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The flowering quince is…well…flowering. I have heard that you can make jam from quince berries. Anyone know anything about that? I would like to try this year.

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I include the fence for scale on my loveage plant. By the end of the summer this one will be taller than I am. The stalks are thick like celery and the leaves taste celery-ish, too. The stalks are awesome as stirrers in a Bloody Mary and the leaves are nice in marinades and herb salads. This looks like summertime to me.

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Ugly picture for now, but Jack and I planted the salad bed a couple of days ago and we are anxiously awaiting fresh greens from the garden.

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Not from my garden, but we picked up this pretty planter at our local Mennonite bulk foods store because I can’t pass up a snapdragon and this one was in my favorite color.

What is making you smile today?
-Elizabeth

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