The little babe is on a foraging kick, mainly for "tea" for her sick friend Misty (an imaginary cat). Garlic mustard, onion grass, dandelions, and wood violets - feel free to pick them, honey! - and lemon balm, mint, and spinach snuck from the garden.
The only edible in our garden right now, other than chives and mint, is spinach. I am totally stoked about this spinach - it is real spinach that I grew and protected from the rabbits! (At least, until I just typed that sentence, probably.) It is covered with a plastic net that is stapled down to each side of the raised bed and in order to pick it, I have to squeeze one hand under at a painful angle and can only pick one or two leaves at a time. Luckily, a grilled cheese sandwich with salsa (still have a couple jars from last summer) and spinach doesn't require much spinach! (And the little babe just likes to "forage" for it, not actually eat it.)
Because of the early warm Spring weather, our lilacs are blooming now. Normally they are at their prime around Mother's Day. The little babe and I picked a couple this week, but I want to save some for our graduation garden party on Saturday. It is amazing how fragrant they are. It only takes a couple blooms in a vase to fill the room with flowery lilac scent. We also borrowed a couple of branches from one of the neighbor's flowering trees. They were hanging over the street behind their house and they never even see them. And who would say no to a cute toddler begging for sweet smelling blossoms? (Other than myself of course. If I see anyone coming near my lilacs, I am running out to slap their hand with a wet dishtowel.)
What garden goodness are you excited about right now?