Two ducks snuggling against the cold wind in de Hortus Botanicus today. The plant that they are lying on is Yellow archangel. It is both edible and medicinal.
It was the second River of Herbs meeting today and we took a stroll through part of park Frankendael, hunting for Molehills.
I used a few hills to build a lovely aerated soil mound around my geveltuin Lavender shrub. Molehills generally contain lovely rich soil – just the thing to encourage the Lavender to set down roots along it’s aging branches, for new plants to form.
We removed a few wild garlic plants from a path in the park, where they never reach maturity due to foot traffic and gardening. These babies will have new homes with Urban Herbies in shady balconies and pavement gardens.
There is plenty of Yellow Archangel to be seen (or eaten) at the moment.
And this looks like Garlic mustard early leaves to me… I can’t wait (but must) for these plants to bolt upward and produce absolutely delicious leaves!
Here’s a photo of one of our first River of Herbs projects… Edible and medicinal Violas and Primroses. Not obtained from the wild, cultivated varieties.
Thanks everyone who came for your help and inspiring ideas and enthusiasm!
UPDATE: Next Meeting – Starting at Mercatoplein
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The plants in park Frankendael seem to have appreciated the sunshine and warmth today…
Elder leaves surging through.
Pretty purple flowers of Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis). It doesn’t really do much for the lungs but is said to be of mild medicinal action. It’s a borage family plant so is likely to contain some harmful alkaloids.
Woodland geranium (Geranium species) above.
Not edible but very pretty, crocuses.
Primrose (Primula vulgaris), edible, medicinal but too slow at proliferating to pick at all.
Snow drops, too pretty to pick and poisonous.
Lastly today, Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) with equally edible Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) with it’s evergreen silvery leaves and toxic Hedge parsley (Torilis arvensis).