It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It was a light harvest week here for me. Cold weather turned salad season into soup season, though I did harvest a bit of Slobolt leaf lettuce for salads.
I made a big cutting of parsley to make a batch of tabouli salad one day for lunch. The overwintered parsley in the greenhouse is beginning to flower, so it will soon be time to pull it up and plant a fresh batch. The tomatoes from the grocery were a bit blah, but the parsley had more than enough flavor to make up for it. I also love the red bulgur wheat I use, which is a bit more substantial than some I’ve used in the past.
I also cut what will be the last of the collard rapini. Any new ones coming on now are tiny and not really worth harvesting. We’ve surely enjoyed this seasonal treat though.
And speaking of seasonal treats, my wife found the first spear of asparagus poking up. It won’t be long before we are enjoying them on a regular basis now. We usually cut the asparagus for 6-8 weeks beginning in April, so we are pretty much right on schedule.
Since harvests were slim last week, I’ll close with photos from the shade garden where many things are currently blooming and budding out. The azaleas are putting on a great show.
One of the red ones is especially full of blooms this year.
The hellebores are about done for, but we’ve enjoyed them for some time now.
The tiarella is usually thought of as a foliage plant, but I like the delicate flowers too. The deer and rabbits leave this plant alone, which is a big bonus since we have problems with both.
And finally, the first iris is blooming. This is a shade tolerant iris that is native to the Eastern U.S. Like the tiarella, the deer and rabbits generally leave it alone. The plants are quite tiny, but our plants has taken off and is doing quite well in the shade garden.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!