Aaaah! SPRING! Yes, there is definitely a change in the weather :)
I've been in a rabbit hole for the past several days researching about filming and lighting and it's been rather cloudy, but today when I stepped out...oh, how lovely :) I noticed the local big box store has put out their garden plants and the flower market is now back again in front of the supermarket. Sweet...
Time to get to planting for sure! That's what's on my to-do list for this weekend, you bet!
And while I was out and about, of course I was noticing what plant allies my eyes did meet :)
Tiny little blue flowers were peeping up at me from my neighbor's lawn: Creeping Charlie! She's in the mint family and has an antiseptic taste. I suppose I could add her to the soup pot (free food, after all), but I've never been attracted to that taste. Still, that taste test was how she tasted raw, thrown into the soup pot and all becomes a bit medicinal puree!!
Dandelion flowers are out! Not quite at their prime just just yet, but I did see a lawn littered with several yellow flowers. Most of the flowers, due to the weather, have very short stems, but I suspect the taller ones will be along soon enough. I caught sight of a few Dandelions from last year, sans flowers, but didn't feel tempted enough to forage them for juice. Nah, they've got to be big and dark and greeny green. And bitter, loads of bitter, because why else would I be juicing them? ;)
Violet seems to be spent already, can you believe? I saw but a few dried up ones...I'll check at work to see how they are faring over there.
Passing behind the mall what did I see but the Compositae flowers of Coltsfoot! I find Coltsfoot is just a great example of a ray flower, and these ones were shining their yellow rays right at me! Some of them were tinged with purple --- how fascinating and marvelous! No leaves were to be seen at all, which is exactly when you want to forage Coltsfoot, before the leaves appear. Anyway, the flowers don't last long at all. Just like Dandelion, you've got maybe a window of 2 weeks to pick 'em. I collected a few handfuls just in case, for someone else, because to be honest, I don't have lung issues, which is what she's used for. Coltsfoot flowers are edible, but I'm not hankering for salads these days.
Garlic Mustard!! I saw this spidery, kidney-shaped leaf and for some reason I was thinking Violet. I don't know why, because there was nary a flower to be seen. Perhaps that's why, because Garlic Mustard is often seen with this 4-petalled flowers, and that's a tell-tale sign she's in the mustard family and edible. Anyway, once I had a whiff and put a leaf in my mouth, I knew... good ol' Garlic Mustard. I'm not one to use heating garlic in my cooking, but on one of the FB foragers group the other day, there was mention about drying it, grinding it and using it as a garlic powder substitute. Garlic Mustard has a mucilaginous quality, good to add to salads for a bit of pop and to soothe tender digestive mucosal linings. There were quite a few plants out, and I collected about 2 trays worth in the dehydrator. Garlic Mustard does get more bitter as she grows, and you can also freeze her for later use in soups and stews. Want to know more about her? She Here and Here :)
Alright, sunshine, leave you with that for now...'til next time, stay bright :)
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