After the big rain yesterday which washed away so much snow and the brilliant sun today I of course had to play with the compost and look at the woods and the garden. There they are again. My plant friends come back like the birds the only difference being that they migrate for the winter into the earth instead of going south.
I saw new fuzzy soft Mullein leaves, tiny red veined yellow dock rosettes, dandelion leaves looking just unfurled, and actually for awhile now the intrepid chickweed which tastes so good in a salad this time of year. I would guess the nettles are up and I did see the emerging heart of Echinacea on the very sheltered side of our house near the building. Second year teasel is already begun as well. Old chamomile plants are at it again with a second chance too.
My name is Bonnie Bloom and I am a clinical herbalist. Plants give us clothing, shelter, food and medicine. They are an intrinsic part of our earth ecology, diverse and essential. They breathe our carbon dioxide and generously give us oxygen. Where would we be without them.