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Gentle wild garlic

Ramsons in Frankendael Orchards

I stood stupefied and watched a woman take out a knife and cut bunches of Wild garlic from inside the entrance of Park Frankendael this evening. Felt so mad and sad and bewildered that I didn’t know where to begin with her. So just stared at the mini massacre until she saw me and . . . → Read More: Gentle wild garlic

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 365

garlic mustard frankendael

A year ago I decided to show you a taste of what can be picked and eaten from the streets and parks of Amsterdam, every day for a year. That year came to an end today. It has been quite a journey!

There was never a day without edible or medicinal herbs growing wild. As . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 365

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Just what the plant doctor ordered this afternoon – mild weather and a good dose of drizzle!

In the park, Wild garlic (Allium ursinum), succulent and far too tasty to park your bike against.

Fumitory, used in some areas of the world to clear the body of radiation damage, following radiotherapy . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 354

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More molehill collecting for me today. I’ve been busy repotting some balcony herbs and took the risk of sowing a few seeds. So more soil was needed!

Some of the molehills in park Frankendael are very sandy, others are full of organic matter. Here’s a sandy one – just right to add drainage . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 347

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Today is Puur markt in park Frankendael and that brings lots of extra traffic to the woodland as well as the main park.

As I arrived, a fire was being put out on the edge of the woodland.

Here are a few plants which I noticed today:

Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis)

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Alder cones Amsterdam

I passed by Flevopark this afternoon and saw masses of Wild Garlic, still looking very good! At the front of the photo you may be able to see lots of Elder (Sambucus nigra) shrubs, just coming into leaf.

At the nearby childrens farm and outdoor play centre there were some lovely wild plants . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 344

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Young basal rosette foliage claytonia perfoliata miner's lettuce winter purslane

Perishingly cold in Amsterdam today but most of the local plants don’t flinch at this strange weather! Here’s a small sample of what you could be harvesting or eating from Amsterdam streets and green spaces today:

Today perennial Russian Comfrey (Symphytum uplandicum x) plants are standing proud again. I’m very pleased about this as I’d . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 342

Wild Garlic Meat and Potato Pie


Meat and potato pie is the comfort food that potatoes were designed for. Well, in my mind anyway.

I had lots of yoghurt pastry dough, potatoes and some meatballs to use up today. I also had a couple of succulent, fresh Wild Garlic leaves in my fridge, which I had picked this morning. The logical . . . → Read More: Wild Garlic Meat and Potato Pie

365 Frankendael day 331- River of Herbs


It was the second River of Herbs meeting today and we took a stroll through part of park Frankendael, hunting for Molehills.

I used a few hills to build a lovely aerated soil mound around my geveltuin Lavender shrub. Molehills generally contain lovely rich soil – just the thing to encourage the Lavender to . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 331- River of Herbs


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