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May Herbs Sauce


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 364


I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for a day less than a year, today.  Hard to look at any plants without thinking of how to use them. I think that there are worse things to get hooked on though!

Today, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), small leaves at the moment but plenty of it around.

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365 Frankendael day 230


It snowed yesterday and the remains are clinging to done plants in Amsterdam today. Here’s an edible Geranium in a doorstep pot.

And here’s a lovely Plantain (Plantago major) in not such a tasty spot…

365 Frankendael day 96


Here’s a little plant which I have been encouraging in a pavement crack near Frankendael, for the past few months. Its characteristic scent, leaf shape and the basal rosette arangement of its young leaf stems, all tell me that it is a Geranium but I’m not sure which. My best guess at the moment . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 96

365 Frankendael day 56

Geranium pyrenaicum probably

I visited the park very early this morning and was pleased to find a surprise clump of my favourite herb for grounded-ness and muscle pains – Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca). It is shown in this photo growing in a location quite far away from the ones I already know. So, I have high hopes that there . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 56

365 Frankendael day 51

Brassica raps wild turnip

I harvested a little Russian Comfrey today, to make a healing foot ointment. The plant is still in flower but the leaves will stay contain many of the active constituents. Also plucked for the table were a small number of Daisy flowers, some Ground Elder, a little Garlic Mustard and a few pretty Pelargonium flowers. . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 51

365 Frankendael day 23

Wild rose first day in bloom

Today, Sameena from the Meetup group joined Livvy and I, on day 23 of our herb seeking mission. We saw several beautiful herbs, not least Garlic mustard, Geranium, Horsetail, the beautiful Lime trees with their glutinous leaves and Comfrey which the local bees were going crazy for. Afterwards I found borage and wild rose . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 23

365 Frankendael day 20

My first elder blossom of 2012

Day 20 of the project and after going to the park expecting to see just one or two new things I was delighted to find my first Elder blossom of the season, Wild Aspraragus shoots and several other delights. Here are a few…

Above, Japanese knotweed is still fair game for Foragers looking for . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 20


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