Garden of Eatin’

 

Today I picked my first garden produce: rhubarb. My daughter Nellie and I enjoyed a stick of rhubarb dipped in sugar just like when I was a youngster. Eating that sweetened sour rhubarb reminded me of what heavenly delights I have to look forward to in the next few months from my garden of eatin’ :

Fresh rhubarb and sugar

Fresh rhubarb and sugar

I received my first clump of rhubarb from my elderly neighbour when I moved here 33 years ago.  I went on to give clumps to other new neighbours over the years as well.  My friend Farmgal gifted me a new clump of rhubarb a few years ago and I planted it up by my kitchen garden close to the house – today’s rhubarb was from this plant.

Mint

Mint

Who can resist mint!  In teas or just about anything else, mint is wonderful.  Drying mint for storing and winter use is easy-peasy.

Day Lillie

Day Lillie

Just days after the snow melts, day lillies begin to poke through the ground.  Within a few weeks they grow a foot tall adding lime green colour to the yard.  These bright orange flowers can be added to salads or even stir-fried.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

I dug this wild ginger from the forest near my house.  I just adore the velvety green leaves and the delicate little flowers.  I’m sure I could eat the root if they weren’t too pretty to dig up.

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Isn’t the flower beautiful?  At one time, I had six different colours but red is my favourite – my sister Faye gave me the original plant years ago.  Bee Balm or Bergamot is is that flowery smell of Earl Grey Tea.  It’s nice to just rub the leaves and smell it for hours.

Ginko Biloba

Ginko Biloba

I planted my ‘Ginko’ tree in honour of my first grandchild Kalia’s birth 10 years ago.   Ginko is reported to have memory-enhancing properties so I’d better start drying and using for a tea any time now.

Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme

I planted this creeping thyme in the pathway under the arbour.  Every time I walk through that arbour, I smell that sweet smell of thyme.  I use this thyme in my soups and other recipes, even when I have to brush the new-fallen snow off.

Hops

Hops

I have several areas where Hops vines grow.  They are versatile and forgiving and create wonderful shade.  Last year, I clipped all the ripe hops off, dried them, and mailed them to my son Robin who used them in his beer making.

Apple

Apple

One of the first things I planted when we moved to this place were apple trees.   I have three remaining apple trees but only one produces apples that I love.  They make great Apple Crisp.

It’s hard to believe that only a few short weeks ago, the ground was covered in 2 feet of snow followed by 3 feet of flood water.  I can’t wait to be eating from my garden of eatin’.

 

*most pictures were taken last year

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. df
    May 09, 2014 @ 20:06:45

    What a lovely hymn to some of the earliest, prettiest plants! This is a great reminder that while I’m grateful to have rhubarb myself, I really should divide it and place some in a south-facing bed. My plants are coming along in their north facing bed in my front garden (where they love the shelter of a wall), but they won’t be ready for harvest for at least two weeks. Love your pictures. And hops, my husband will be inspired!

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  2. Maureen Sinclair
    May 19, 2014 @ 15:53:13

    Beautiful garden that you must have , I remember eating Rhubard like that at our Grandmothers place , (MOM) Now that brings memories back Linda . enjoy my dear!
    love : Maureen

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  3. Kristi
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 00:38:29

    What a beautiful life you live….truly a rich garden of plenty! I love how you know all the plants and appreciate each one. I also remember you telling me about each plant that you had transplanted from your Mothers house, into the front garden at the town house. I knew how you cared and loved each plant then.

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