It’s been a while since I posted, have I mentioned spring is a busy time?  The local Farmer’s Market opened in Boonville a few weeks ago, and while the cold spring has put a damper on my early garden, I have still been bringing my jams and body care products, which have all been well received by customers who are just as anxious for an excuse to get out into the spring sunshine as me!  My favorite thing to do this time of year is go for a wildflower walk, here is some of what I’ve found lately:  

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Dutchman’s Breeches, adorable!

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Spring Beauty, I’m lovin’ those pink stamens

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Erythronium albidum

 

The final flower in the series, white fawn lily, was a new find for me last year.  Someone contacted me after seeing a photo I took on Flick’r, asking me to send them a specimen as they are doing research on the species.  I haven’t found enough of them to feel comfortable digging one up however, so I think I will leave them in peace.  

Here’s hoping you are all out making the most of and enjoying the spring!

Spring Fever

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Lovage seedling

Sick children have taken precedence lately, but I will try to squeeze in a quick post while I catch my breath momentarily!  I’m afraid that whatever the children have rather resembles the stomach flu, and I’ve come down with a terrible case of spring fever as well! Springtime in Missouri is a tumultuous time. Bluebirds are scoping out this year’s nesting site, geese are flying high overhead, and my chickens are showing renewed interest in the tiny sprouts of grass that are peeking out through last year’s dead sod. The wise native trees have yet to show any greenery, they know full well that today’s gentle warmth could be cruelly cold and re-frozen in the next moment. I went to a fruit tree pruning workshop recently with the Young Farmer’s Group, and gained the confidence to make some well placed cuts on our young orchard.  I have finally started a few flats of seedlings (mostly herbs, greens, cabbages, eggplants, and peppers), and still need to clear the winter’s accumulated clutter and fire wood out of my greenhouse to make way for the oncoming deluge of transplants.

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Roselle

I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of my roselle seed, which sprouted the day after sowing despite the fact that the seed is about 3 years old! I bought the seed from Baker Creek Seeds, and if you’ve never heard of them you are in for such a treat! They have an incredible selection of heirloom seeds, and have signed on to the Safe Seed Pledge, so you can be sure it’s all non-GMO.  Roselle is a kind of hibiscus, and the calyces are used to make Red Zinger tea.  The tea has a pleasant sweet-tart taste and a gorgeous red colour.  It’s such a fun plant to grow, and in our summer heat and humidity can grow dramatically huge, flowering in the fall with pretty cream coloured hibiscus blooms.  Perhaps this year I’ll also try making a jelly out of it.  I still have a freezer full of last year’s berries that are waiting to be dealt with however…