April Wildflower Walk: Turkey Run

A walk in one of my favorite places was the perfect antidote to a long flight and a nice welcome to spring (fo reals this time). Here are some of the common spring ephemerals you can see in local woods: Dutchman's breeches, toothwort, trout lily, bluebells, swamp cabbage, mayapple (the swirly emerging one), bloodroot, and a couple unknowns (my skills are rusty). I'll have to get back soon to see Trilliums. 

This time of year makes me excited to plant, of course, but especially for local native plant sales. I'll miss my favorite sale this year, but many of the plants I have purchased there have thrived in my garden. One of my favorites is bloodroot. The bloom time is short--they are called ephemeral after all--but the cool wavy leaves make up for it!

Check back soon, my little patch of bluebells will be in bloom, plus native Anemone, Geranium, and many others. Happy Spring!

Call It a Comeback

Just last week, all of the blooms on my Magnolia ("Betty") appeared brown and shriveled from the late frost. While it was bred to bloom in May to avoid this, it always blooms early, and this year that meant February! There must have been plenty of unopened buds hidden, because I went away for five days and returned to nearly full bloom. Now I'll get my favorite part--pink mulch, for a few days at least!

The Best Part About Edible Gardening

During the freakish warm weather,  I worked in the garden until I was starving. Only a grilled cheese would do, but I had fennel, arugula, and celery leaves to make the meal special. The sandwich also had pickled roasted peppers with capers, not homegrown, but it easily could have been (with peppers and "fake" capers like Nasturtium buds).

For dinner, I stir fried rice with bok choy and scallions. Again, no need to run to the store to make a meal. It's all worth the effort. My food photography cannot quite capture that!