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365 Frankendael day 358


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

365 Frankendael day 185

Silver underside of mugwort foliage

An early start for me this morning. Cathy Leaung kindly invited me onto her morning radio show – The English Breakfast. So off to the Salto studios I went and had a very enjoyable time, sharing Mugwort Bread, Hawthorn Elixir, Four leaves ointment and Rosehip Honey with Cathy and her co-presenters.

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365 Frankendael day 163


I met Youko and one of her friends, in the park today and she asked me about herbs which will be available at the end of October.

Here is one which will be around because it’s an evergreen herb. Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacae) is not closely related to tree and wall climbing common . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 163

365 Frankendael day 135


We found our first ripe Hawthorn berries of the season today. On the cut-in footpath alongside De Kas side of Park Frankendael. If they come off the shrub, with leaves attached, they are not quite ready. We found lots on the ground, which had fallen, ripe, from the hedge. They do require a little preparation . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 135

365 day 102 Sarphatipark

Jerusalem artichokes and Nicola Sarphatipark

Thanks to the watertolerant group who joined me to herb walk in Sarphatipark today. We found lots of useful herbs and also interesting park workers who told us how the park is maintained by a dynamic group of volunteers and is trying innovative edible approaches to eradicate Japanese knotweed. Above is a park warden, . . . → Read More: 365 day 102 Sarphatipark

365 Frankendael day 75

tilia blossom

I went for an earlier walk in the park today and was rewarded by finding the freshest and most delicious Lime (Tilia) flowers that I have ever harvested.  Here’s the tree they came from.  I turned them into a tea and shared it with the painters and my little girl.  Lime tea is especially good . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 75

365 Frankendael day 73

White Bryony

I caught the bus to work this morning and was able to check out my usual Fat Hen (Lamb’s Quarters, Chenopodium album) and Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) collection spot. Here it is, a few days post council mowing. Fortunately there are lots of intact Mugwort plants in adjacent unmowed areas but the Fat Hen is . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 73

365 Frankendael day 61

Isobel and Ester harvesting Lime flowers and Leaves

Today is the Summer Solstice, Midsummer’s Day and I am having a lovely time! Myself, Livvy, Isobel, Esther, Isobel and the two babies, harvested leaves and flowers from some of the Lime trees (Tilia sp.) Which form the main avenue in Frankendael Park. It was so pleasant to share the Midsummer harvest with other . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 61

365 Frankendael day 60

Mugwort flowerhead midsummer Amsterdam Frankendael

Very early this morning I was out tasting dew that had collected in this Teasel’s “water cup”, the part of the leaf that joins the stem.  There had been a heavy morning mist over most of Amsterdam but by the time I got to the park it had been burned through by the midsummer . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 60

365 Frankendael day 59

Mugwort and wormwood harvest for workshop

Today was the first Urban Herbology Herb-by-Herb workshop, introducing Mugwort to a small group and helping them to experiment with making tinctures, infused oils and other herbal preparations. So my photo for today is simply of the remains of our Mugwort (and Wormwood) harvest!

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) which is dark green on the . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 59


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