We didn’t get much of a winter around Phoenix this year. I think I covered plants to protect them from freezing one time. I’m not complaining. Flowers still bloom and in fact thrive from last fall’s plantings.
Today’s post is in homage to spring, or what few weeks we have left of it here. It’s not long before the heat locksteps itself into its summer encampment. So I’m reveling in what I can.
If you’re still cabin-bound with snow and ice and freezing temps, maybe this can give you hope of things to come.
Here’s this year’s version of my recipe for Spring.
To one small plot of ground add the following:
Tomato plants. (These have some petunias nearby for a dash of color and interest.)
Basil, comes in handy for more recipes than this one.
And don’t forget Basil
I used Romaine, but any will do.
Newborn tiny lettuces, which hopefully grow quickly before the heat makes them bolt could liven up the flavor of your spring.
Newborn flowers, also known as seedlings if you forget what kind you planted there.
Add some newborn flowers of various types. (Hopefully, unlike me, you mark which kind you planted where so you know what they are when they sprout.)
Time, patience, kindness, love, they’re interchangeable, really.
Mix well and water often and gently.
Bake for a little bit of time and with some patience thrown in for good measure.
Grapefruit, still a few unpicked on the tree, and their blossoms, bring a particular sweetness to this recipe.
Top off with some fragrance as well, like grapefruit blossoms, which in the evening become particularly intoxicating on the cool air.
Serve on a platter of surprising wildflowers, this pink one showed up among the yellows and oranges, all by itself and makes a sweet addition.
What garden is complete without a gnome?
Gnome 2 (they won’t tell me their names)
I added two as a nice garnish.
Bird. This one’s pretty quiet.
Although real birds will visit, I also garnish with a little bird of my own.
Some new leaves on a tree add a nice touch.
Serve alongside anything else you might want to add: new leaves, penstemon, or even a bird bath.
Penstemon comes in many colors, choose your favorite.
I think you’ll enjoy this recipe, or any variation you decide to make of it.
A bird bath attracts birds and toddlers alike.
You can never go wrong with Spring. It’s fresh, lively, invigorating, and full of hope.
Dig in and enjoy as soon you can!