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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

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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I visited Delft today and was pleased to notice just the same useful “weeds”there that I am used to finding here in Amsterdam.

This tree planter arrangement caught my eye. It uses wire mesh and small additional lips pod garden wire, to hold pot plants against a street tree. I’m not sure how . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 359

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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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Today is the Spring Equinox but it doesn’t feel much like it to me. The weather is very cold here still, too cold to plant out seeds. Yet the foliage of some winter hardy plants such as this Glechoma hederaceae (Ground ivy) are beginning to change and proliferate, in reaction to the lengthening days.

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Ground Ivy is a useful evergreen herb from the mint family.

Here it is creeping throughout the now bare undergrowth of Park Frankendael hedgerow.

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Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacae) today, near the bus shelter on the corner of the park, where I start my working day. I stepped into the waste land there, to look for early signs of Mugwort. Too early for that but this Ground ivy stood out due to it’s large leaves. It looks almost . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 312

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Today a damp walk around and lots of edibles still easily harvested in Amsterdam.

The first is a treepit loaded with Nasturtium and Calendula.

Next, a healthy looking patch of Stinging Nettle, beside the park.

A bonsai style Hogweed (most likely the non-edible type). It looks as though . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 207

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Today a photo of a fresh, beautiful and delicate plant which is a gift to the urinary system. This is Pennsylvania Pelitory (Paretaria pennsylvanica).

The first Urbanherbology Apprentice group meet for the first time today – what a joy to meet and share with those lovely gifted people! We made simple tinctures from this plant, . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 171


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