Rhubarb, the first perennial edible to wake up in my garden, thrives in full to limited sunshine. It is appropriate for edible and ornamental gardens. Purchase plants or beg divisions from a grower. We are eating nutritious rhubarb sauce from last season’s harvest stored in the freezer. Photo: Judy Isacoff
Mount Washington — While physical distancing from most in our human community is necessary, physical intimacy with nature can only bring health and happiness to all who adventure outdoors. Next to the stars in the sky, trees are among our grandest and most reliable confidantes. On a recent walk along a country lane, I was surprised by the feeling that large trees, especially, seemed to actively draw me to pay attention to them. Then, the recently melted waterways opened my ears to their spring music. A mourning cloak butterfly crossed my path. In the heat of the afternoon, spring peepers chanted as if to tell me, for sure, that winter is past.
Here is a collection of personal introductions to many of my wild friends. I introduced this issue of Nature’s Turn with a nod to gardens, and will end with another garden note.
By the time we meet here again, if we haven’t already begun, we will be planting frost-hardy flowers and vegetables. My cool-weather mainstays are lettuces, Asian greens, peas, onions, beets, parsnips and potatoes. I am planning a new Purple Passion asparagus bed, too.
I leave you with this wonderful movie.
Ward’s Nursery http://wardsnursery.net/ – store and greenhouse open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Trees, shrubs, perennials, cold hardy plants, seed potatoes, seeds and bird-attracting supplies. Spacious, touch-free checkout. Call in orders for curbside pick-up.
Windy Hill Farm https://windyhillfarminc.com/about/ – Projected opening Monday, April 20, check website. Specialty: large fruit trees, perennial and annual plants, seeds. Protected checkout.