It is all about the flowers this time of year. Our favorite tree on the property is a huge pear tree, leftover from someone’s homeplace many years ago. It produces those huge, hard pears that are perfect for cider. But, in the spring, she is majestic in full bloom, and we call her the Snow Queen. The daffodils are fading, but my few tulips are blooming. The apple trees are in the “pink”, as they say, but some are just starting to bloom. They all make for perfect little arrangements to have on the table.
Dandelions are blooms plentifully – everywhere. I was weeding my mother’s garden with a woman from Kosovo this week and she said that she used to make “dandelion honey”. She described how she made it: 150 dandelion blossoms, some water (probably a quart), a sliced lemon or two, and sugar. Boil this for 20-30 minutes and strain. It sounded to me like what we might call dandelion cordial, but I think “honey” was the literal translation from Albanian. So, I made some dandelion honey this week. It was quite good and would make a great lemonade. I probably used too much water (2 quarts) because I thought it was a little weak. I am putting a little in sparkling water and enjoying the sunshiny taste!
The fava beans, peas, garlic, and lettuces are growing well and quickly. I finally put up a pea trellis, which I have not done in years, just letting the vines cover the ground. But, I thought I would try to have a neater looking garden this year (we’ll see . . . ). We’ve had plenty of rain and a bit of warm weather. I need to replant radishes, beets, and lettuces – second sowing. And, I can do that now because William tilled the whole garden this week. We also have our seed potatoes, but have not planted yet. Usually, I try to follow tradition of this area and plant potatoes on Good Friday (why? because even if hit by a frost, they will “rise again”). I plan to plant them that by this weekend, though. I am excited to fill this garden up again.
What’s going on in your garden? Is it still full of snow? Do you see signs of spring?