Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe it just depends on happening to be here in the lower Delaware Valley, with a pretty temperate climate coming off a reasonable winter, but in the last few days I’ve observed:
My favorite forage food, the minty Creeping Charlie, has gotten on the tough side. Now just the newest leaves are edible (photo: April 21, when even the stems, and also the purple flowers, were tender and tasty).
But happily, my summer favorite, purslane, is taking its place! Purslane (left, below) is a succulent related to the garden plant portulaca. It’s an annual that seeds itself very efficiently whether you like it or not. So you might as well like it and consume it! It add a nice taste and crunchiness to salads and sandwiches, and has exceptional food and health value.
And (unfortunately not edible) canna lilies have started flowering! At least, this one to the left has. It spent the winter in a big pot in my study, so had a head start on the others, even though eventually, by April, its leaves and stalks died down to nothingness. The other cannas, those that spent the last 6 months stored in peat in the basement, didn’t go back in the ground till May, so their stalks are only a foot or so high now.
In the vegetable garden, this year, asparagus continued to produce edible shoots until about a week before the solstice, an unusually long season, no doubt owing to a relatively cool spring with a good amount of rain. But asparagus has now leafed out into the phase where it fortifies its roots for next year.
At exactly the same time, peas took asparagus’s place. I’ve never enjoyed such a big pea harvest! Here, my rustic pea trellis on June 13, just as the peas were starting to ripen. Now, with the hotter weather, they will probably finish up by the end of June.