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365 Frankendael day 39

Ground elder in flower

Today some photos without much comment or translations… Firstly the flowers of that Poison Hemlock on the Middenweg. It’s carrot family flowers opening to the sun today.

Next, some lovely Meadowsweet foliage.

Next Ground elder, just coming into flower. Another member of the carrot family but with completely different and easily recognisable leaves. . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 39

365 Fraendael day 38

Poppy Frankendael

The weather is unusually warm again today, which has causes Chickweed to shrivel up and die and Poppies (not edible, but poisonous, a historically useful medicinal herb) to flower.

Here is Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata), discretely in flower amongst long grass.

Poisonous White Bryony, looking as though it fancies strangling the Juniper bush.

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365 Frankendael day 35

Field rose Rosa arvensis

Today a very speedy look around the park, in the late afternoon sunshine…

Roses are opening up all over the city. Perfect weather for them to bloom. This is one of my favorites in the park, Rosa arvensis, the Field Rose. Very pretty now and produces excellent hips in autumn.

Birthwort, NL: Pijpbloem (Aristotolochia . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 35

Herb by Herb – Part one – Mugwort

Mugwort artemisia vulgaris

Once a month a chance to learn in detail about a different common urban herb from either Jennie (who I run the meetup group with) or me, Lynn. 

Part one is about Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). An amazingly mystical, powerful and yet underused plant, usually found in neglected places.  Cronewort, the Dreamherb, is a . . . → Read More: Herb by Herb – Part one – Mugwort

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

Easy Dandelions

Easy Dandelions

Here’s our dinner this evening. Between us, as a side dish, we enjoyed the leaves of two large dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) picked from Ben & Riny’s garden a couple of hours ago.

After a good rinse, I roughly chopped the leaves and simply added them to the pan juices after frying chicken and eventually . . . → Read More: Easy Dandelions

365 Frankendael day 29

Crataegus sp.

Hop (Humulus lupulus – what a latin name!) is entwined about a meter up last year’s dead stems today and looks far healthier and more vigorous than any cultivated Hop plant I have seen. I am really looking forward to seeing whether or not its flowers are as impressive. Mugwort is growing beautifully on wasteland . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 29

365 Frankendael day 25

Pine cones

Today, daisy, magnolia, pine cones and ribwort during an after work wander between the two Frankendael tram stops. Daisy (Bellis perenis)has quite a number of historic uses. You can eat this herb as a salad or a pot herb but in places like Frankendael it’s highly likely that your harvest will have been quite heavily . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 25

Permapots – Perennial Herbs

Permspot in spring

For several years now, I’ve been growing herbs on my roof terrace in what I call Permapots. Inspired by the first Permaculture course I attended, run by Patrick Whitefield at the Sustainability Centre, I began growing mixtures of perennial herbs in large planters. Permaculture advocates low maintenance gardening of edibles by growing a mixture of . . . → Read More: Permapots – Perennial Herbs

365 Frankendael day 19

Solomon's seal polygonatum

I’ve been walking in Frankendael with Elodie today, we found heaps of herbs, several new to us. If you’d like to join me for a herb walk there are a few spaces left for the Sunday May 27th Amstel to Frankendael walk. Here are some striking examples from today… Solomon’s Seal looks rather like an . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 19

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