Thank you Dennis Breedijk for this tasty photo of Raspberry (Rubus ideaus) growing in a bush near Amsterdam. Apart from being a mighty fine fruit shrub, Raspberry leaves remain a well known and often used remedy during some stages of pregnancy. They are said to specifically tone the uterus and help prepare it’s muscles for childbirth.
Here is a lovely closeup of the flowering part of Common Hemp Nettle (Galeobdolon tetrahit).
Some more information about it on day 107. thank you Joop Eisenberger for this photo. I’m finding a pink flowering version of this plant on holiday, at the moment.
Here’s another of Joop’s photos, taken the other day, NL: Meisjesogen (Coreopsis verticillata) Coreopsis,
There’s a beautiful, new, wild flower meadow in Frankendael. It is next to Restaurant de Kas and every time I pass it, there are different flowers coming in and out of their blooming period. At the moment, this edible flower is in bloom, there are hundreds of them to see there. Very pretty, I have never tasted itbut look forward to trying one soon. I love the Dutch name for this plant, it means Little girls eyes.
It’s very cold, damp and windy here today, well relatively speaking, so not the most pleasant day for a walk in the park with a toddler. Of course, I did see some beautiful plants but most photos were rather windswept. I think that this one clearly represents the last days of April. Ramsons in flower, Ground elder swallowing up other plants, Cowslip standing tall, yellow and delicate and at the back, a wild Ribes bush (could be black current, white current, raspberry etc. but its too early to tell). I
One of my favourite city herbs is really coming into flower at the moment. Wild geraniums (Wood geranium, Cranesbill) are often used in urban planting schemes because they bulk up nicely as the spring and summer develop. You can find geraniums in city tree pits where they receive lots of nutrition from passing dogs. If you can locate relatively clean plants, perhaps try them in the summer when they have had a chance to grow and will withstand a little harvesting.
All geraniums and all parts of them are said to be edible, but some varieties are hairier than others! This variety is prevalent in the park, the pretty purple flowers are fragrant and taste good in a salad, the leaves add an interesting dimension to raw food and cooked they blend well with other spring greens. I prefer to thoroughly wash any that I harvest and then to cook them, like spinach. I reserve geraniums growing at home, for salads.
Now is a good time to learn the differences between the many members of the Carrot family, which grow wild in Amsterdam. The most prevalent and obvious at this time of year is Sweet cicely. It is a good faraging food, makes pleasant aniseed flavoured drinks and is sometimes used as a tonic herb. But beware! There are some extremely toxic members of the Carrot family and all look quite similar until you know how to differentiate them. At present Sweet cicely is in flower.