The Garden Awakens

The rhubarb is making an appearance.

Our front door is the color of the red rhubarb stem—one of my favorite hues in the spring garden. The first time I noticed rhubarb emerging from the ground in spring I mistook it for a discarded red rubber ball. Nice surprise. Afterward the crinkled leaves unfold from the ball, slowly smoothing into large floppy elephant ears when the stalks are ready to cut and cook with ripe late June strawberries.

The fluffy tips of the pussy willow are turning to green small leaves. Forsythia is just starting to look kissed with yellow.

Hello garlic.

Purple is never so purple as it is in April.

The chives have broken through the straw mat of last fall’s growth. I cleared away the dry husks and made space for the new stems to thrive. They are keeping pace with my daily trimmings to add the emerald hoops to eggs, soup, or sauces. Are you cooking with chives these days?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Britta
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 09:23:40

    Your garden treasures already look delicious. Isn’t it wonderful when the garden awakes after a rude winter!!! I sowed my pumpkins today ;o)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Sue!


    • 129twigandvine
      May 01, 2011 @ 16:55:11

      The garden is still wet for planting, but hopefully soon! Great to hear that your pumpkins are planted. It’s a sunny wonderful weekend here and we’ve had to resist working in the garden before it’s ready, but we’ve spent every minute outside.



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