We filled our pockets with small, sour, fallen apples in the park today. We met an interesting lady with her dog, who told us about eating Walnut leaves, Hazelnut foragers and Honingclaver (literally Honey clover, Sweet Clover, Melilotus spp.). It’s fine to eat Sweet clover in small amounts but as you’ll read in the link above, it can interact with some blood thinning drugs and no one should eat too much of this plant.
Firstly, Ground elder (Aegopodium podograria) springing up in the rain soaked, just mowed outer verges of the park. A welcome sight, I love eating this plant and much of it looks quite stale in the other areas of the park.
Next up, Burdock flowers. As mentioned before, the second year plants flower and are not useful really. But use this sight in the urban wild to help you find first year plants perhaps.
Next a beautiful Rose, growing next to Frankendael Huis. So beautiful ans so many ways to eat them.
Here’s fragrant, digestive system soother Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria). Please see the day 72 posting for further details and links.
Here’s a plant growing in the pond behind Frankendael huis which I spotted on the recent Greenpeace walks in Amsterdamse Bos. It is known as Gypsywort in Britaian and Bugelweed in the US (Lycopus europaeus). I still need to learn it’s uses but am pleased to have found it in Frankendael today.
Here is a very large, sprawling and Poisonous White Bryony (Bryonia alba), making itself at home over a big old Yew tree (Taxus baccata), also Poisonous and steeped in folklore, mainy to do with the dead.
Do you remeber that ploughed up strip of parkland, next to Restaurant de Kas? Well this is how some of it looks today. It seems to have been sewed with a wildflower mixture and it has begun to look quite beautiful.