So the weather is being finicky again! Luckily, I was able to peruse the scene when I got to work. Baby Dandelions, 2 baby Yellow Dock, some woolly lettuce (can't remember her name at the moment and I even checked my blabberings here on the diary but it seems I didn't mention her name, zukes!), Violets (of which I collected a handful), Strawberry leaves (not many, but I took a small pinch's worth to add to the soup pot later on) and tons of Creeping Charlie. I had to relook over that creeper, such pretty flowers! Delicate and small, but showy too somehow. OK, I figured, I can add her to the soup pot. So I collected a big bunch and took off the leaves and flowers from the stems (too much fiber in those stems for me!).
I'm sure my neighbor won't mind at all if I come plucking out all her Ground Ivy ;) Last year I was helping her do just that, as well as Forget-me-nots. She told me last year she had such a fierceness to rid them all of her garden, and this year, looking down at three small clumps of them, she said, "What pretty flowers!" I told her you could add the flowers to salads, but we both feel it's still more soup kinda weather. Anyway, I'm sure her "how cute" attitude towards the flowers will change when she sees how much they've spread in her garden!
Today, I indulged in my first wild pickings of the season:
Simple Dandy Juice Recipe
To do: Juice 2 small Dandy plants, 1/2 kale and 1/2 honeydew melon. Serve and drink on up!
Mmm-mmm! There was a slight bitterness at first from the Dandy greens, but then I realized that the green juice was sitting on top of the melon juice, so I popped my finger in there and swirled...aaah! Tasty good! I really like juicing melons because they offer up so much juice and water in the morning :)
Have been progressing along in my Botany class :) We're in week 4, taking it nice and slow, and just getting to the good parts now...the plant families, eek! That was where I had gotten last time, during the wintertime, when I figured I should actually get myself more embedded into the plant world than just sticking in a toe or heel ;) Yep, and I got that far, looked outside at the snow, and closed the book back. Nuttin' out there but lots of trees and more trees!
Honestly, it's true: I feel much more interested in herbs and plants when it's foraging time. Even when it's cold out, I realized I don't much enjoy gardening! Although I must say I spent several hours the other day getting the pots ready for planting, and just the front balcony too. I used about 6 bags of compost in total, mixing in 1/3 part compost to 2/3 part old potting soil. Some of the pots had really awful soil, so for those I mighta added a touch more.
All the pots in the front are on the stairs, ready to have some seeds added! No squirrels have come digging into my pots, those clever rodents. They must know there's no food added to them. And my one plant that I do have out, dear sweet Wormwood, has remained unscathed. Hm, wonder why ;)
I gave a good pruning to Sage and Rosemary. Sage was growing topsy turvy and they both just need to get a pruning to grow more prolifically from time to time. I believe I have some Rosemary seeds, not for Sage though.
Anyway, when I was out doing that putting-in-the-earth-in-the-pots thing, I saw my neighbor and she seemed keen like she wanted to start planting. She knows I usually start some plants indoors and then give her some, although I confess that they seem like they are hovering in baby stage and I have yet to move them to bigger pots with fresh earth. Yep, on my to-do list, as well as redecorate the bottom of a ferret cage I've been using as a huge planter, redecorate another urn-shaped planted and then add fresh soil to all the pots on the back balcony. I know, I can hear the hours whiling away ;)
I've been hemming and hawing on my Permaculture class, just been busy with other things. Life can get so hairy sometimes, especially when you get bogged down in research. What I'm referring to is that I've been doing research on lighting, audio equipment, cameras, video recording, etc. Asoka gave it a go by answering a question and making notes on a whiteboard behind her. Ooh boy. The audio wasn't the best quality and the let's just say the words "B movie" came to mind.
This type of equipment can get pretty expensive, and just when I thought I'd figured out to attach an external mic onto the DSLR camera, turns out that the model I have doesn't have a jack for an external camera. And when each piece of equipment costs a few hundreds dollars, things can add up pretty quickly!! Long story short (too late, I know), Asoka's going to have to record the audio and video separately and then put them together. Good luck with that Asoka!! Sigh, I know, I'll prob be helping her to figure it out all ;)
Anyway, that's it for now, sunshine! Seems bright weather lies ahead :) My neighbor's son was saying to wait 2 more weeks still, that's when the Botanical Gardens does their big plant fest, and there's a local one in my area too. Well, I'm still going to get to plantin' and let the seeds decide ;)
Stay bright, sunshine, because your light is always appreciated :)
Ps. Here's some pics of Coltsfoot and that Garlic Mustard I was telling you about last post. The Garlic Mustard this time around had no flowers, but don't you worry, I saw a whole bunch growing at Bellefield with flowers. Speaking of which, will be time to pass a visit to old friends, such as Nettle :)
Curiosity Got The Cat: