365 Frankendael day 5

Lots of photos and less chat today, I’ve had a long walk and am itching to make Italian Beech twigs…
Here’s one of several Beech hedges in the park.  If you didn’t read my post about tree foraging Linda Runyon, then please take a look, for some eye opening ideas.

Coltsfoot, still blooming:

White dead nettle, in bloom is the time to harvest, but it is an annual:

HIGHLY POISONOUS Dog’s mercury, which is in bloom (tiny white flowers) and is prevalent throughout several areas of the park:

Sweet cicely is in bloom so can be identified more easily with a field guide:

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), easily confused with Cleavers (Galium aparine). Cleavers are far more succulent than Sweet woodruff, and can grow very tall, using other plants and structures for support as shown yesterday.  The two plants have quite different uses.

Wild strawberry:

A stunning mound of Ground elder:

The flowers of Garlic mustard are now maturing and are easy to spot:

Geraniums are really bulking up.  The cowslips shown here amongst the Geraniums, should never be harvested from the wild as they have such a hard time surviving when their source of seeds is removed.  Wild garlic is also in the photo.

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