I am so happy! We have crocuses blooming and the first bee of the season....Time to get the bee house out/made. I decided to take a tour of the yard now that all the snow is gone and found this surprise. The first crocus bloom was actually on April 9th, which seems fairly average here. But the pictures with the bee are so much better!
(bee and crocus)
Finally we have a few days in the 60s F. Many shoots can be spotted like this hyacinth. (hyacinth)
Chives are starting to shoot up as well. (chives)
We added rhubarb to our garden last year...here is a shoot just starting to rise above the leaves. (rhubarb sprouting)
Our only flowers right now are the crocuses. This is a new addition last fall. I like the effect of the purple striping. (purple painted crocus)
Here are more purple with some pure white as well... (purple and white crocus)
Here's the first group that started to bloom - on the west side of the house. I think next year the new additions (above) on the south side might take over the honor. (light yellow crocus)
I have been reading up on that resources we might have right in our yard. I already knew a few things like dandelions are available, but here is the first prize for a "wild edible" this year: day-lily shoots. (garden bed with common day-lily shoots)
[Please note aka disclaimer, eating things - especially wild plants is at your own risk. Be sure to correctly identify the plants. Also, individuals can have reactions to plants others can safely eat, so go easy at first.]
I have read in many sources that day-lilies are edible. After checking the blooms from last year (4th of July) it looks like ours are the common day-lily Hemerocallis fulva. I guess a typical urban yard fits the profile of a waste ground or disturbed land. According to my Peterson Field Guild there are many stages at which this plant can be used:
Early Spring: Small, tender shoots in salads Early Spring: Small shoots cooked like asparagus Early Spring: Young tubers in salad or cooked like corn Summer: Buds as green beans or fritters Summer: Flowers as fritters and seasoning Fall: Older tubers can be cooked like corn
(harvested day-lily shoot and tuber part)
I have to say, the raw tubers and shoots were not bad at all and quite mild. I prefer the salad option to the cooked. I can't wait to try out the flowers...for now the next edible may be dandelion greens...