Is lovage, Levisticum officinale, really very much like celery? Could I rely on it and use as I would for celery? Or is it mostly the leaves of lovage one uses ?
Most pictures I see of it online are small plants--so is it hard to overwinter? If grown to a second year, are the taller stems crisp and tender? Or would they be annoyingly tough in a salad?
Does it bloom in its first year? Does it die if you let it go to seed?