It’s Spring! Not just meteorologically–astronomically, too!
Come take a peek into our garden and see who’s poking their heads up!
The Wintering-over Winner this year was Feverfew. All Winter, despite several snows and many freezing nights, the Feverfew stayed lush and bushy. It was a good thing, too, as I and several people I know suffered more migraines this winter than ever before. Although I often used the tincture, rather than eating a leaf of the fresh plant, it was great having her there to remind me to go take a few drops of her magic!
My favorite volunteers in Early Spring, Cleavers and Chickweed, are back for a visit. Maryland Winters are cyclical– I’ve been here for 21 of them and we get serious snow about every third. So last year at this time, after a very mild Winter, the Chickweed and Cleavers were big and juicy. This year I worried for them all through February — did I do something to offend them? I’ve never planted them here, but I call to them and they always come.
But by Early March they were showing up in the corners of the raised beds and some of the pots, and by now they’re clearly thriving. Indeed, I think I’ll give the Chickweed a haircut tonight and add the snippings to dinner. That always makes her grow more luscious. I just made a new batch of Spleen Magic tincture, which uses Chickweed and some other good Spring herbs, knowing I’ll be able to make more soon!
Really, this is a small taste of the garden. And it’s growing and changing every day.
And that’s just who’s OUTSIDE!
We also have trays of seedlings in two windows. They’re taking their time, but that’s fine with me. I don’t like the idea of grow lights or heating pads, so germination happens when it happens around here.
I love this time of year because everything is so hopeful. There’s so much room for growth. So little is expected of these plants at this moment– they can just flourish and explore their surroundings. Let us learn from the plants and take time to just be, to grow and explore without goals and see where life takes us!