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May Herbs Sauce

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This herb sauce was the result of today’s rainy forage in Frankendael park.

After a quick chat with the park warden who was chopping up a massive fallen tree, Livvy and I collected a little each of Ground elder (Aegopodium podograria), Wild garlic (Galium ursinum), Wild geranium (Geranium sp), Ground ivy (Glechoma hederaceae) . . . → Read More: May Herbs Sauce

365 Frankendael day 352

well rooted elder cuttings sambucus nigra

Today a small group of us planted out the Elder cuttings which we took from mature Elder shrubs on Hugo de Vrieslaan last year. The idea was to grow more of this useful native herb in a slightly cleaner part of the area.

We choose to plant our well rooted cuttings along . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 352

365 Frankendael day 47

Cleavers gallium aparine

Firstly today, fragrant and edible flowers of the urban prolific Rosa rugosa. It is much used by urban landscapers and I think, underused by urban foragers. To be used as any other rose, ensure they are clean and unsprayed as ever. Next is Cleavers (Galium aparine), still looking fresh and cleansing in the Volkstuin . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 47

365 Frankendael day 46

Burdock flowers developing

I’ve been preparing for the next Urban Herbology walk today so here are several photos and not much chat…

Developing cobweb-spirally Burdock flowers.

The Middenweg Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) continues to grow despite being reported to the council. Apparently it’s not a risk to the public because it is growing in the green . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 46

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Arctium lappa flower buds Burdock second year

Today, many Burdock plants (Arctium lappa) are easily identified because their flower heads, or burs (which give the plant it’s common English name) are developing at the top of the plants. I’ve not really noticed them at this stage, before this year. They look very stately at the moment because the stems are growing . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 40

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Wild carrot foliage

Today, a lovely walk through the park with Lucile and the little ones. We each went home with a few leaves of Ground Elder and a little Ground Ivy. Plenty of other herbs in season though…

Here’s the foliage from a Wild Carrot! Not one to be dug up, though it would probably taste great. . . . → Read More: 365 Fraendael day 27

365 Frankendael day 4

White dead nettle Elodie den Otter

A quick posting today… The plants are growing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up! Photos today of Stinging Nettle (Urticaria dioica, NL: Brandnetel) with Cleavers (Galium aparine, NL: Kleefkruid), Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) and a lovely painting of White dead nettle (Lamium album) by fellow Urban Herbie, Elodie den Otter.

In the . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 4

Beltane Herbs

May Day, also known as Beltane in the Pagan calendar, is traditionally a day steeped in herbal lore. May 1st marks the end of the colder months and heralds the start of summer. It is a fire festival day where fires were burned on hill tops to encourage the sun’s warmth down to the earth. . . . → Read More: Beltane Herbs

Cleavers (Galium aparine, NL:Kleefkruid)

Cleavers

Cleavers (Galium aparine) I remember having a lot of fun with cleavers or “sticky weed” as a child.  This is a wonderful sticky, prostate annual plant which often grows wild and prolifically against fences, in hedgerows, crop fields and beneath trees.  I know I was not the only child who delighted every time I found . . . → Read More: Cleavers (Galium aparine, NL:Kleefkruid)

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