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365 Frankendael day 210


Inside all day today, my little foraging buddy is poorly and my throat is pounding, so a balcony photo for a change and lots of herbal honey for us both!

This is the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant which I bought in the summer from Intratuin. It’s still doing well, in the bonsai form and . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 210

365 Frankendael day 204


Been preparing for Monday’s apprenticeship meeting and almost forgot to write today’s post…

Here’s a delicious and stimulating Rosemary (Rosemary officinalis) bush which resides beneath my apartment in a bone dry  geveltuin. One of the most well known culinary herbs, Rosemary is also very medicinal. It makes an easy herb oil, useful for rubbing . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 204

365 Frankendael day 195


Today a quick pavement garden photo, taken along the Middenweg this morning. Featuring some drought and cold tolerant herbs; Lavender, Rosemary and Chickweed.

365 Frankendael day 163


I met Youko and one of her friends, in the park today and she asked me about herbs which will be available at the end of October.

Here is one which will be around because it’s an evergreen herb. Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacae) is not closely related to tree and wall climbing common . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 163

365 Frankendael day 75

tilia blossom

I went for an earlier walk in the park today and was rewarded by finding the freshest and most delicious Lime (Tilia) flowers that I have ever harvested.  Here’s the tree they came from.  I turned them into a tea and shared it with the painters and my little girl.  Lime tea is especially good . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 75

Urban Herbal Planting Scheme in Amsterdam Oost

Pine, lavender and ivy planting scheme

I was so pleased when I realised that the local council had commissioned simple herbs for the planting scheme at Christian Huygensplein in Oost Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam.

About a year on, the herbs are looking great so I thought I’d share a photo. I hope you can see a Pine Tree trunk surrounded by thick Lavender . . . → Read More: Urban Herbal Planting Scheme in Amsterdam Oost

Frankendael 365 day 21

Horsetail in dappled sunlight

Today Ivy and Horsetail. Firstly Ivy (Hedera helix). Here it is scaling three massive trees on the edge of Park Frankendael. Yes, it is a herb but not really one for the pot. Ivy has mystic qualities and associations as well as medicinal properties and many traditional uses. I’ve also posted a lotions recipe . . . → Read More: Frankendael 365 day 21

Ivy (Hedera helix) Anti Cellulite Oil

Hedera helix on trees

This recipe for anti cellulite body oil is inspired by one in Josephine Fairley’s book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book. My sister gave it to me as a present several years ago and although I don’t use it very often, it always provides inspiration for natural skin care. The recipe in the book uses a . . . → Read More: Ivy (Hedera helix) Anti Cellulite Oil

Oregon grape, Berberis aquifolium

oregon grape

I was out walking in my Amsterdam neighborhood today and as usual noticed lots of Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium) in landscaped areas. Every time I see this plant, I remember reading about how it is edible and in fact, a highly regarded herb. I have never used it but decided to learn and share a . . . → Read More: Oregon grape, Berberis aquifolium

Butternut Squash & Sage Pies

Butternut Squash & Sage Pies - Yum!

Pies remind me of home.  Here is a recipe for very tasty muffin sized pies which uses purple sage to enhance the flavours of butternut squash, sweetcorn and chicken.  They taste great hot or cold and make a handy packed lunch food.

I use homemade yoghurt pastry dough for my pies and quiches, I will . . . → Read More: Butternut Squash & Sage Pies


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