We dug under the snowbanks around the deck to find some fresh thyme for seasoning the New Year's Eve jerk pork. This is Thymus vulgaris, the basic culinary thyme. It's perennial, and we'll be growing lots more of it come spring.
This candle sports a collar of fresh lingonberry. With snow up to my shoulder I managed to clip some of this perennial glossy ground cover to use here. The stems, left uneven for a looser, informal look, are stuck into a wet block of florist's foam.
It's amazing what you can find when you start digging.