At first glance it may seem that these early spring weeks are quite dark and dull. But look a little closer and you will see that there are a lot of beautiful flowers around at the moment. Here is one of my Imbolc favourites: Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) Japanse sierkwee.
This plant has edible . . . → Read More: Japanese Quince
The past few weeks have seen a bounty of free street food falling from trees in Amsterdam. I’ve been enjoying Hazelnuts, Hawthorn berries & Sloes (plucked rather than fallen) and Sweet chestnuts – all absolutely delicious when prepared! The nuts and fruit are still there for the taking in many places but if you have . . . → Read More: Autumn Street Treats and Tricks
Love Your Elders – Plant Your Elders! Sunday 7th April 11.00-12.30
Time to join me to either plant your Elder cuttings from last year, or to learn how to take cuttings and propagate this medicine chest of the European hedgerow. Native Elder (Sambucus nigra, NL:Vlier) grows easily and offers familiar flowers and berries each . . . → Read More: Love your Elders!
I’ve been to Proef in Westerpark today to have a look at their organic garden, which City Plot tend. It is another inspiring example of how to grow lots of food and herbs without a garden. The site is next to the old gas factory storage tanks and hence the soil is deemed unsuitable . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 115
My favourite herb, it grows as happily in cities as it does in the country. Generally overlooked, this herbal treasure chest is steeped in ancient folklore and has a long long history of use. You can use parts of it, harvested at certain times, to make simple safe remedies for the whole family.
. . . → Read More: Herb by Herb part 4 – Elder
This morning a group Urban Herbies gathered alongside a park hedgerow and took cuttings of a wonderful herb shrub – Elder (Sambucus nigra). We are going to look after the cuttings for as long as it takes for them to find their feet and be mature enough to survive planted out, in another Amsterdam . . . → Read More: How to Make Elder Babies
These blousey roses are growing up the side of a house, close to mine. Every time I walk past them I want to eat them! Rose petal time has finally arrived in Amsterdam, there are walls covered in them all over town.
If you haven’t started including rose petals into your diet then . . . → Read More: Eat Roses
Today a post about one plant, my favourite, Elder (Sambucus nigra).
This wonderful ancient healing plant, which has been steeped in mysticism and folklore for millennia, is producing flowers that cheer up almost every hedgerow in town, right now.
Where you find one Elder shrub, you are likely to find others close . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 42
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.
. . . → Read More: 365 Fraendael day 38