Rhubarb – North Country Harbinger of Spring

Early spring is ugly here in New England. My garden looks forlorn, lonely, bedraggled.

Dreary Garden in Early Spring

After a strange, non-winter, what little snow we had has melted, leaving Mud Season in it's place.

But, look closer and you see it: the 1st rhubarb stalks emerging from the cold, wet ground.

NH Rhubarb Patch in March

Amidst the mud & debris, it's easy to miss the small red & green of signs of Spring returning.

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that we treat like a fruit. It’s the exact opposite of tomato, an annual fruit we treat like a vegetable.

Rhubarb Bud Emerging

Emerging rhubarb signals the start of Spring in New Hampshire.

The beauty of perennials is that they return on their own, without much work on your part.

Rhubarb Budding Out

Rhubarb's giant green leaves burst forth from reddish buds.

Our old-growth rhubarb patch returns early each Spring with great zest & vigor.

Emerging Rhubarb Leaves

Rhubarb leaves burst forth with an infectious joy for living.

Another benefit of looking closely?

Volunteer Pansy

What I thought were weeds in my raised garden beds turned out to be volunteer pansies.

These cheerful annual pansies self-seeded & volunteered to brighten up my muddy garden, all on their own.

Despite the dreary mud, it’s hard not to feel hopeful & glad.

Happy, happy Spring, everyone!

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5 thoughts on “Rhubarb – North Country Harbinger of Spring

  1. Love these pictures of the rhubarb bursting out! I just started my first rhubarb plants from seed this year. They’re a lot smaller than yours, but with a few years’ time, I’m sure there’ll be plenty to eat. Thanks for this post!

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    • Thanks, Sharon!

      I just checked out your rhubarb-from-seed post… I didn’t realize folks grew it that way. I’ll be interested to hear how yours does in time.

      I’m working on a post about my favorite rhubarb jam, or maybe my favorite rhubarb pie recipe… Stay tuned!

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