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Eating Hosta, Antidote to Loneliness, and Music Galore

Eating Hosta, Antidote to Loneliness, and Music Galore

Good Morning Friends, 

I enjoyed reading your thoughtful and heartfelt comments you leave on my blog. I am happy to read how you feel and how the words give you a connection to PEI, and so I will continue to write about the Island’s goings on. This month, there is much to share!

We had some late frost last week (and we even had a bit of snow!) that seems to be slowing things down a bit in the garden, but hopefully, that is behind us now. The lilacs are finally unfurling their beautiful scent in the air surrounding the property. They really are intoxicating!

We’ve been able to harvest some rhubarb and asparagus from our gardens, which has been a real treat. I heard recently that hostas are edible! Hosta la Feasta!

I’m tempted to cut some from the garden and give it a try, probably best when you can harvest the young shoots. I might try adding some of the little purple flowers to my salads when they appear later in the season. Have you ever eaten hostas?

Yesterday evening, we hosted a book launch for John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches. What a lovely night it turned out to be. So happy for John and Stephen to have such a successful launch with a few hundred enjoying tea and biscuits in our Garden Theatre. 

Shirley and I plan to take part in as many events as we can during this year’s Small Hall Festival and happy to be a silver sponsor. This is a wonderful festival that takes place here during the month of June. Prince Edward Island has many small halls speckling its landscape throughout our rural communities, and in an effort to revitalize them, the annual Small Halls Festivals fills these halls with musical events, storytelling, and more. It really is wonderful if you have a chance to check it out! Celebrating 10 years!

It is a wonderful way for neighbours, friends, visitors to share the joy of music. Which leads me to think about all those who are shut in during the winter months and unable to get out and about. 

There have been many stories about loneliness in the press recently, including Britain appointing a Cabinet minister to the Office of Loneliness. An interesting article posted in the College of Family of Canada Physicians. Read here. I love the fact that Olive Bryenton was one of the founders of the PEI Seniors Active Living Centre. What a wonderful organization designed for fellowship and an antidote for loneliness. Read more here.  

Inspiring hope in a cynical world might be the most radical thing you can possibly do. Hope may not feed us, but it is hope that sustains us.

This morning, as I write I am listening to Ola Gjielo, sublime, spectral choral and instrumental works by this Norwegian composer. Sample listen here. 

Wishing everyone an interesting and happy weekend and a great week ahead. 

With Love from Prince Edward Island, 



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Iris - June 11, 2018

Thanks so much for the info on edible Hosta. I have lots of varieties in the yard which I will certainly try next spring when they are young and tender. Looking forward to the flowers. You are a never ending source of interesting tidbits. Thank you.
From White Rock BC

Pam Martin - June 11, 2018

We tried hostas last year. There are three varieties that are more edible than others, two for the shoots and one for the flowers. The best varieties for the shoots are Hosta Montana and Hosta Sieboldii. Best known for the sweetness of its flowers is Hosta Plantaginea. It is surprising how many common flowers are edible and good for you. Hostas are common in the food markets of Japan – I think they are in the same family as asparagus. Note – the leaves are toxic to pets.

Alice Horrocks - June 11, 2018

I found out a few years ago that hostas are edible. Each spring I will cut a few buds from my plants and try cooking them in a new way – steaming, stir-frying, add to a stew… Although there is not a lot of flavour, it is nice to have fresh-from-the-garden greens early in the year.

Linda - June 9, 2018

Thank you for the introduction to the Norwegian composer/pianist. I’m really enjoying his music.
Thanks, too, for your blogs !
From San Diego, Ca. Sunny and too dry !

Shirley Crew - June 9, 2018

Don’t usually comment on your blog but this one resonates with me so much since I lost my husband of 49 years. Thank you for your time and effort spent in writing your blog, long may you continue. I had many a lovely meal at PEI Preserve with my husband and continue to do so although now with cousins and extended family. Thank you for the feeding my often lonely soul with words, beauty and delicious food. Shirley

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