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Herb and Strawberry Tower

herb and strawberry tower

Here’s my latest rooftop planting creation: A simple tower of three plastic plant pots, packed with plenty of molehill soil and organic compost.

The plants used are babies from those we grow already on the roof, except the tiny Wormwood, which I found growing in between street pavers. I planted a mixture of Strawberries, . . . → Read More: Herb and Strawberry Tower

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

365 Frankendael day 259


We’re back home and the weather in Amsterdam is mild (10 °C) but dull. This photo of my geveltuin, sort of reflects that. It needs a new year spruce up.

365 Frankendael day 196

Ginkgo biloba Harvest Amsterdam

Here’s one of the beautiful Ginkgo street trees that I’ve been harvesting fruit from again today. There are still hundreds beneath the female trees in parts of the city.

Also a windswept Calendula officinalis flower with a little Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) foliage behind – both in a tree pit.

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365 Frankendael day 151


A beautiful double rainbow, formed over Amsterdam this evening. Not that you can eat it but the sight certainly can feed the soul.

As for todays herbs; an update really, on how the pavement garden Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is getting along. Here it is today, exploding with tiny flowers onto the pavement – it . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 151

365 Frankendael day 90

Wormwood in Bunsenstraat

Today a photo of some young plants which are destined to grow in Park Frankendael but which currently reside in a gutter along my street, a block away from the park. I recently wrote about how my geveltuin Wormwood shrub has spread by seed to neighboring tree pits and pavement cracks. I transported a . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 90

Wormwood Rescue

Wormwood in pavement cracks

When the council next comes to strim weeds in my street, these lovely Wormwood babies would be lost, so this afternoon I whipped lots of them out of the ground, to save them in plant pots.

I grow a vigorous and useful Wormwood plant in our super-dry geveltuin. I wrote about it recently, when . . . → Read More: Wormwood Rescue

365 Frankendael day 81

Guest Hollyhock in my geveltuin

Today’s photos are from the geveltuin and tree pit, I tend beneath our apartment. I wanted to share this beautiful Hollyhock and to mention some of the forgotten uses of the plant. It is a biennial, flowering in its second year after germinating and this plant arrived by luck two years ago. We have . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 81

Geveltuin Harvest

Geveltuin herb harvest

We have painters arriving at any moment, to decorate the front of our apartment. My little Mediterranean herb geveltuin (pavement garden) sits right in the line of fire so I decided to harvest a good quantity of stems and flowers from a few of the plants.

I’ll use the Lavender to make an . . . → Read More: Geveltuin Harvest

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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