Even as I might complain about months of very cold soggy conditions, I am reminded, when I get out into the garden for the variety of relief beginning to develop, albeit too-slowly.
I see the bed of mache, which I’ve tended closely since it began sprouting in January, start to fill-out again. This very early green has a rich flavor & sturdy tooth, even as that comes with a fairly irritating effort to rinse off the bits of compost & soil splashed by the rain into the handsome muscularity of its squat growth of tight, small-leafed rosettes. I harvested a great & happily fulsome salad during a warmer spell earlier in January, but it has been slow to regrow again during this recent return of cold.
So in spite that it has been too cold & too wet, we have enjoyed some spectacular color… nonetheless I am quiteready for spring!