I’ve just transferred to the garden with the laptop to write up a blog entry and I’m almost afraid to look around. In perhaps a little over a week we have had an incredible explosion of wild flowers and fauna too. Sue is still naming the small herd of fallow deer that visit our garden daily.
Our March course was great fun and went well and though the weather was largely dry, it was dark and bleak and cold. Our optional wild food and tree id walk was interesting to say the least but the ground was not offering much above the primrose as edible (all the above ground bits of primrose edible) but this week has been fantastic.
At the beginning of last week we had only the wood anemone (poisonous)carpeting the woodland and of course the Ramsoms have been good eating for a week or two. While last month’s forage was sparse we now have so much to add to our larder. Ground ivy and red dead nettle are an early feature around our cabin but not on the site.
Again the explosion has taken me by surprise. The white and yellow have been taken over by the blue of violet (dog and sweet) Forget-me-nots here and there and a first sighting of bluebells, soon to carpet nearby patches in a wonderful carpet of blue green haze.
The nettles are up and starting and some hedges are teeming with hedge garlic. I saw too a couple of wild strawberry flowers. Down by the river things are even further on. Though there are still patches of young fresh ramsons for my salad, now larger leaves for my spinach abound and flowers are beginning to brighten the lush green heady blanket. Of course the very poisonous dogs mercury hides in and among the garlic and too the poisonous lords and ladies, so take care. Last week we sent one group off to harvest the ramsons for a nice chick pea and ramsom curry side dish and about ten percent was of dogs mercury. Easy for me to spot but care must be taken and proper supervision given.
Along the ride near our cabin yellow archangel is coming up and even flowering and we even found a lovely sweet patch of chickweed. So much to eat.
The trees too are giving up their fruit, well leafage. Hawthorn is out with leafy salad and even some flowers. So there is plenty to eat there.
Take care and enjoy. Get a couple of good flower guides for comparison. We all have our favourites but I prefer illustrations to a photograph, some have both. The trouble with a photo is it’s just a snapshot of that plant on that day in that environment. An illustrator gets the opportunity to show the thing in different stages of development. Hey, that’s just my thinking.
The main thing is to just add a few new flowers each season to your repertoire, and follow some of the ones you know from early sprout to adult plant, thus aiding id before the flower comes.
Shouldn’t have looked round. Dandelion, daisy, lesser celandine, lady’s smock (cuckoo flower) groundsel and what looks like scurvy grass, a comfrey type leaf, not foxglove, probably mulleins (Aarons rod), some sweet looking thistles (all edible and nutritious)
The sun is shining and warm on my face almost obliterating the screen, the birds are singing and chattering and I drift from the flowers to the birds and realise that I know nothing. For all my years and all my efforts, nothing. Would forever be long enough to know a bit about everything?