One of the most most depressing parts of the winter is the lack of fresh herbs from the garden. They are available from the market in small and very expensive packages, but that will never be the same as going out to the garden and getting totally fresh ones.
A number of them are blooming now so there is that spring freshness to food that just elevates it in a way that can't be duplicated in winter. Subtle differences I know, but they are distinct and important.
Pictured below (in order) are the blooming sage, a small clump of chives and a Zinfandel oxalis, a type of wood sorrel. The small yellow flowers on the oxalis are very good sprinkled over a salad of fresh lettuces.
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