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Putting my feet up


About 8 weeks ago I strained my foot, lugging a heavy suitcase upstairs, in worn out shoes. Clearly not a good idea as I’ve been annoyed by a sore foot since then. I gave in and headed for the doctor on Friday, suspecting something worse than a strain. Thankfully nothing else seems to . . . → Read More: Putting my feet up

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Garlic Mustard seems to be everywhere at the moment, and Stinging Nettle and Ground Ivy! I didn’t take very many photos today but here is a pavement crack full of minty, flowering Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacae):

I picked a small handful to make tea, from a lovely clean woodland edge.

And here is a . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 363

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We had a lovely walk to Jeugdland in Oost Amsterdam today and founds lots of wonderful herbs along the way and at the playground.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) NL: Bijvoet. This is the first I have found this year and as it’s a regular part of my diet I am delighted that I’ll be . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 358

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I met the gardener who looks after Park Frankendael today. He’s happy with our little Elder babies and suggested another location for additional planting. He also taught me about the the Primrose species which live in the park. I’ll order some seed of those species soon and will be bringing on Primrose and Violet plants . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 355

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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

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Elder (Sambucus nigra) NL:Vlier, today. I’m running a little workshop on this incredible shrub tomorrow morning (see events page). At the moment in Amsterdam, it is covered in medicinal foliage. All green parts of the plant contain a toxin which our bodies convert into cyanide. So ingesting Elder leaves is not wise but . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 351

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Elder (Sambucus nigra) trees, all alongside the park are bursting into foliage at present. These (internally toxic) leaves can be made into the most wonderfully healing oils and ointments, to apply to the skin. It may smell “interesting” at times but this tree is probably the most useful herb of all to be found . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 332

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With today’s stormy weather I didn’t feel like taking my little girl to the park and I then forgot to take myself there at all! So rather than a street or park photo, here is one of an Elder (Sambucus niger) cutting which lives on my balcony. All of the Elder babies (made from . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 219

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Today has not quite gone to plan so little time to forage. As I passed by Park Frankendael at lunchtime, this little Elder (Sambucus nigra) caught my eye. Her leaves are starting to fall and leaf buds for next spring are already in place. She is the pale one in the middle of . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 202

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Today Elodie and I found mushrooms, hazelnuts, flowering Meadowsweet, Tansy and other lovely autumn treats as we walked beside a local canal. We forgot our cameras which was actually quite a pleasure!

I did take this photo earlier, of a beautiful and still green Elder (Sambucus nigra) growing in park Frankendael. I’ve a mind . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 174


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