One of the most interesting things I learned today was that my bluebell plants are edible. They are the grey-leaved plant, at right, amid the Grape Hyacinth and the white-flowered Rockcress (Arabis procurrens). According to Jean-Luc Muselle, these Bluebells (Mertensia simplissima) taste like oysters. (M. Muselle a dit que leur goût est incroyable !) So that’s why the plant is also called an Oyster Plant.
M. Muselle recommends adding the leaves to salads or served with seafood. He also tells us not to forget to add a pinch of salt to the soil every now and then.
For some reason, this variety of Bluebell thrives in my garden. Tonight I noticed that there are several new baby plants. I started with one and now I have four adult plants and about six new baby plants.
One of my other rock garden plants, Cerastium alpinum var. lanatum, is quietly growing along the path (left pic). It has greyish-woolly leaves that is a favourite with youn children. There’s something compelling about brushing one’s fingers over the leaves … they are like velvet.
I also am pleased because the Gentians seem to be thriving. The small-leaved plant (at right) is, I believe, Gentiana septemfida, while the larger-leaved plant is a Gentiana acaulis (below right) or, at least I think it is.
I really should keep better records of what exactly I am planting where. In my enthusiasm to plant, I often find out as much information as I can about a specific plant, decide where it will fit in the garden and then plant it. Most times, I remember … but not always. Luckily, I enjoy going on a mission to find the name of an elusive plant.
One of the things I adore about plants is that they have minds of their own. Some plants just love self-seeding like this ivy – which remains nameless at present. Iit is an annual that grows amazingly quickly. When it is has grown, I will take a picture and ask if anyone can identify it. It has tiny mauve and white flowers and is some form of Ivy. (In the deepest recesses of my mind, I recollect that it starts with the letter, K)
I am anticipating another warm and sunny day … spring is a wondrous thing. When I make a salad using my Oyster Plant, I will let you all know if it truly does taste like oysters!