The whole world seems to leap into celebration. Poets skip gaily through fields of flowers and each and every bird bursts into song.
It’s a true joy to see the bowed heads of snowdrops appear across the garden, each little bunch a celebration of spring. Purple crocuses have begun to punctuate the lawn, petals peeling back to expose their golden cores.
Daffodils have returned to the flower markets. I scoop them up wherever I see them and fill vases throughout the house. To me, they’ve always felt like sunshine in flower form.
Plants great and small have dressed for the occasion. The pale pink cherry blossoms have exploded into blossom on my street and the bees have begun to lazily buzz across the blooms. Candle-stick magnolia buds are emerging, ready to burst into flower and the hazel has adorned its branches with a festival of yellow catkins.
The sun lingers a little longer in the sky- waiting to watch the flowers bloom and welcome the bees back into the world. Each day that passes gets a little longer, and a little warmer. Soon my summer dresses with be recalled from retirement- I just can’t wait.
It’s a great time to get your kids inspired by nature and share in their childlike wonder at the natural world. Why not head out to do some flower spotting? Take a sketchbook out to do some bark rubbing, or collect some fresh green leaves to make a forest face. Be sure to keep your ears pricked for buzzing bees and birdsong- you can use this app to help identify the birds you hear.
This week in the Kitchen Table Revolution, we’re working with one of my favourite blooms of spring: Three-Cornered Leek. Its bowed white flowers look a little like a bluebell and its leaves carry the same, garlicky scent as wild garlic. It’s a blessing to the garden and the kitchen. If you are a bit stuck with where to get started or want a community to keep you accountable and inspire you every week - come and join us!
We have a little coming through in my parents garden. Some gardeners despise the stuff- it spreads easily and usually refuses to leave. But for us it’s a gift- the deer that wander through, decimating all available tasty shoots in their path- don’t touch the stuff. While I may love the flavour, they definitely don’t.
With these Three-Cornered Leek Cheese Scones, we can guarantee that Bambi won't be looking to pinch your picnic. Their the perfect treat to pop into your pocket for a fresh spring wander, or to share with friends over a cup of tea.
They’re deliciously moreish and so easy to make. Get creative and adapt the recipe with your favourite cheese. Vegan, simply substitute nutritional yeast (or a plant-based cheese), vegan butter and plant-based milk.
With these Wild Garlic Cheese Scones, we can guarantee that Bambi won't be looking to pinch your picnic. Their the perfect treat to pop into your pocket for a fresh spring wander, or to share with friends over a cup of tea.