Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Joys of Spring

Beautiful weather here in the Texas Hill Country.  I can say that even though today dawned grey and drizzly.  From here at my desk I can hear my garden cheering.  I walked around the yard yesterday taking pictures of the new growth and reveling in the joys of Spring.  Peach trees in bloom, the hope of juicy peaches in July makes my mouth water now!
The fig has lots of new growth even though I neglected to prune it last Autumn.
The lettuces that were covered in snow exactly a month ago are now lush and ready to pick.  Salads are on the menu most every day.
Sugar snap peas are up and beginning to climb the supports.  So few of these make it to the table as I can't resist picking handfuls while I am gardening and eating them on site.  Crisp and oh, so sweet!
The horseradish root is sprouting.  Have you ever had fresh horseradish?  It would make you swear off the grocery store stuff! 
The poppies, which I planted years ago in honor of my mom (whose nickname is Poppy) re-seed every year in different places around the garden.  It's a sign to me that Spring has arrived.
And the arugula, which we've been eating for months, is now going to seed.  I let the seed scatter all over the garden and then replant it in the beds...or let it grow right where it is-usually in the paths!  Come September it will sprout and start the cycle all over again.
Lest you think my obsession fascination with morels has waned, I will leave you with pics of the fruits of my 4 mile walk yesterday.  I was impressed with the size of the mushrooms and am wondering how much longer they will be around.  We are still eating morels daily...most recently grilling them with onions and piling them on sandwiches.  My goodness...
I saw the first snake of the year yesterday.  So very sweet! And so very glad it wasn't a rattler as I almost stepped on it...
On another note, the Comfort Area Farmers Market begins its 2010 season on Saturday, April 3rd
from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. so come on over if you are in the area.  It is held in the Comfort Park right on Hwy 27.  It looks like it will be a great year with lots of new vendors and exciting programs planned.
We will be open every Saturday morning through Autumn.
There is also a great new Open Air Market starting in Comfort the first Saturday of every month beginning in April, which coincides with the Farmers Market Opening Day.  It is being held behind the new thrift store in town, called General & Thrift at 606 High Street, from 8-4.  All sorts of vendors will be setting up and BBQ will be available for sale. 
Do come visit us at these markets and support the local economy and pick up some terrific products.
And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear husband, Scott.  He tolerates, no...encourages me in all my varied endeavors and is my biggest champion.  I can't imagine life without him. 
Happy Day Sweetheart!


Spring Wilde said...

Diane, your garden looks lovely, absolutely lovely. Do you have any rabbit problems out there?

Mothers Day Flowers said...

I am looking forward to seeing what your garden has this spring! It looks so lovely. I have tried fresh horseradish and you are right the store bought stuff just doesn't cut it after having fresh!