Monday, April 12, 2010
I have been waiting for Violets to bloom, but the big patch of purple Violets is only yet a ground cover of small heart-shaped leaves. I found the Honesty invading one of our patches Allium tricoccum (Ramp or Wild Leek), and it pulled up easily, as its root is mainly a long tuber. One of them I painted, sitting in the sun on the back porch. Fred tossed the leaves of the plants I'd pulled into a pot of vegetable broth. In a small amount it added a pleasant bitterness to the other flavours in our stir fry. Fred and I use the leaves in our wild spring salads, but haven't tried boiling or pickling the root.
The lower leaves stay alive through the winter. Those are the pair of reddish ones in this painting, "sunburned" from last year. The rest of the plant is shooting up in this years new growth.