I've been so busy lately. Not sure with what, but it seems the days are just passing and I haven't been on the computer much, typing up this and that!
So, let me tell you all the little plant bit news that have happened since the last post.
Today: sat in the morning sun and fussed and pruned over Marjoram, Oregano and Tarragon, removing crooked stems and large leaves. Half an hour passed by too quickly...Came to work to discover the boss passing the lawnmower. You'd think I'd be squealing inside because of all the plants, right? Nope, because yesterday I got some goodies, although I did go out and have a look-see. I collected some Hostas, and Dame Rocket and Cress leaves for juice, as well as their flowers (rare that I do this, but they do make nice cut flowers and they are considered an invasive weed--- and the smell is heavenly! I'm thinking, maybe dried as potpourri even??).
Yesterday: Got a few goodies as the lawn hadn't been mowed. Lots of Dandelion leaves, a few Dock leaves, some really big Strawberry leaves, just a tiny bit of Plantain leaves, and a good bunch of Violet leaves. The Violet leaves in the shade are always such a dark green compared to the ones that are in full sun. Interesting, too, to note their shape. They are heart-shaped, some call them kidney shaped, but sometimes they are more like a fat heart and sometimes more with a pointed tip. There was a plant that looked just like Violet, but her leaves had a downy, soft feel to them. No flowers, not sure if it's a different type of Violet, but will take more notes in the future.
There were also other plants that I saw: Hawkweed, Sow Thistle, Red and Hop Clover leaves, Wood Sorrel leaves and I think even Burdock. Very strange, because last year I remember this same type of plant with Burdock-looking leaves, but never grew at all. Just these 2 leaves dangling in the wind, no further growth from the plant. No basal rosette, as Burdock has in the first year either. Now that I think of it, there was 2 leaved plant and one rosette leaved plant, so that latter one does make it a Burdock plant, but I'll take more notice next time around. I also spotted some other plants, like Wild Daisies and two that had maple-looking leaves. Ooh, the investigation begins!
I confess (as noted in a previous post) the foraging bug hasn't quite bitten me yet. Although, on the way to work, I did pass by Bellefield and there are tons of beauties blooming! Making myself a tea with Yarrow reminded me of the enchantment of my plant allies, my friends, and it did indeed spark a flame: time to visit Bellefield (and other places) and see what's happening! Seeing Red Clover leaves also made me think about collecting some and even adding some seeds to the pots.
Day Before Yesterday: I added more seeds to the pots! I noticed a few other seedlings have appeared that are NOT Lamb's Quarter, such as Mustard. So cute, Mustard seedlings, reminds me of bee stung lips :) In fact, I've been paying more attention to seedlings and I had written before that they all seem to look the same. Not true! I've been noticing and seeing differences, some have 2 thin leaves and some have tiny round leaves.... It's a good sign, it means my botany training is getting to work!
I added more of whatever seeds I had left to several pots.What sprouts, sprouts. What doesn't, doesn't. And if the pot remains empty, I'll just find some plant looking for a nice home... Like maybe some Hawkweed or Daisy Fleabane...
The Present Moment: enjoying a liver tea of several herbs: Milk Thistle seeds, Echinacea root, Sarsaparilla root, Yarrow, Violet leaves, and Black Sesame seeds. Again reminds me how I'm either out or running low on several herbs, like Dandy, Dock and Burdock root, Nettle, Plantain and Violet leaves, Red Clover blossoms, Roses and Rose hips...and it's high time to get reacquainted with some old friends once again!!
The Near Future: juicing with the bounty I collected (now that wild friends are out and about, no need to go buying greens from the health food store) and on to the wild adventures (just not tomorrow as it's supposed to be a rainy, rainy day).
Keep you posted of my future delights and food adventures, sunshine. Stay bright and beautiful :)
Curiosity Got The Cat: