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Bones, Bites and Bali

Bali lily and water cabbage

As some of you know, I fell from my bike in November and was out of action for quite some time. In short, I broke my cheek bone in several places, took quite a hit on my bum and was rather shaken up. Illness is one of the greatest teachers so naturally lessons were learned. . . . → Read More: Bones, Bites and Bali

Tenerife herbs continued


Ficus macrophyta, Botanical gardens, Puerto de la Cruz.

The plant we found on one of the September Otopia festival walks, we found it in Amsterdam along Overtoom. Here it is in the Botanic gardens.

Fennel, in the vineyard

The rooftops of La Oratava, many of which are home to herbs.

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More herbs from Tenerife


I thought this was Kudzu, Mile a minute plant, solver of addictions, remedy for many ailments, causer of headaches for gardeners who try to eradicate it… But thank you to Fran from Serendipity Farm in Tasmania who politely put me straight. It is more likely to be Morning Glory. Here’s a link showing the flowers . . . → Read More: More herbs from Tenerife

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

Workshop: Growing Exotic Herbs

Ginger roots

I’m running a workshop with Suzanne of City Plot (an urban farming collective), this October. Well show you how to cheaply spice up your house plant collection with unusual, tasty and useful exotic herbs such as Ginger, Papaya and Tamarind. What better way to increase your homegrown herb supplies, create a talking point and . . . → Read More: Workshop: Growing Exotic Herbs

Magnolia Petals: Pickles, Honey and more


The flowers of Magnolia trees are edible and medicinal. They taste fragrant and spicy, almost like meaty versions of rose petals. They are used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine and are a wonderful find for city foragers. There is recent research suggesting that Magnolia bark extracts can help with oral health, stress reduction and . . . → Read More: Magnolia Petals: Pickles, Honey and more

Kombucha – fermented tea drink

The amazing world of SCOBY fermentation, in a 2 litre pickling jar from Blokker.

Kombucha is something I’m being asked a lot about at the moment.  Here are some of my thoughts and experiences of it and also some links which you may find useful.  Please do let me know what you think of the drink, good or bad.  I’m including it in the Urban Herbology blog because tea . . . → Read More: Kombucha – fermented tea drink

Aftenoon tea (Camellia sinensis)


Tomorrow I shall be joining a few fellow Urban Herbologists in de Hortus Botanicus for a spot of afternoon herb tea tasting.  Each week, two of my friends try a different tea using herbs they have freshly harvested from the Hortus – generally clippings.  As a guide, they use recipes from an old tea book.  . . . → Read More: Aftenoon tea (Camellia sinensis)

Herbal Vapours

In the winter I often enjoy burning herbs and recently the spicy scents of Frankincense and Myrrh have been wafting around our apartment.  All of the senses are emotive and can conjure up long forgotten memories but for me the sense of smell is most potent.  The scent of a particular time of year, the . . . → Read More: Herbal Vapours

Indian Day Dreams

I was day dreaming about being in India this afternoon and rustled up a really tasty drink which helped to transport me back to Mysore. It cleaned the cobwebs from my mind and got me back on my Yoga mat.  You may like to try it…

Lynn’s Ginger Pineapple Cobweb Cleaning Lassi 1 cup Goat’s . . . → Read More: Indian Day Dreams


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