Here’s a half dozen of green, from the environs of Wishetwurra Farm.
We’ll start with edible greens. Spinach. We took a first cutting, for salad, a few weeks ago, and will take more soon. Maybe tonight?
Our next edible green is claytonia, or miner’s lettuce. One of the interesting things about claytonia is that the flowers appear in the center of leaves.
What is as robust as a pre-bloom rosette of dandelion?
Rhubarb bud redly glows.
Columbine will soon send up budded stalks. People occasionally nibble on a columbine flower, but you should never eat the leaves, stalks, or roots, as these parts contain poisons that affect the heart and the digestive system.
One April morning when I was about ten years old, while walking upstream along my favorite brook, I encountered a trout lily clump that someone had bought and planted at the edge of a pathside boulder. The beautiful yellow blossoms enchanted me, perhaps because the leaf markings are reminiscent of the mottling on the back of a brook trout. Every year afterwards I made sure to visit that rock, and that clump of trout lilies, to enjoy the flowers.
Near my father’s old house is an area that is lightly wooded, and which faces southwest. There must be something particularly favorable about the location, for there is a patch of trout lily that covers an acre or more. A few years ago (OK, it’s probably ten years now.) I transplanted some clumps to some areas at my house.