Do you see what I see? It’s small. There’s not much of it (yet) — maybe only four stalks.
Look more closely — really closely. In front of the shell.
No, we can’t pick it this year. We need to wait one more year – perhaps two – to allow it to strengthen and establish itself. Delayed gratification can be tough; for now, I’ll buy our asparagus at the farmers’ market. But I can still be excited!