What if I was but a Dandelion seed, Floating on a Fluff Called Dandelion Wings? White Clover Perfume & Virginia Creeper, Look Out
Is this June weather??
Went out today with a hat and coat on, temp is around 12C.
Must be global warming, because this is not normal weather at all. June weather is sunny and bright, with temps around 20C. The humidity is low, there's a gentle breeze (OK, sometimes it's windy) and sitting outside is oh-so pleasant.
I had left an Aloe plant sitting on a table as a centerpiece out in the solarium. The windows were wide open, yet the door connecting the solarium and the rest of the house was closed. Poor Aloe! She had been in that cool weather for the past 3 days, yet seemed to be doing just fine, just needed a touch of water, is all. I told her, if I'm not sitting out in this cold weather in the solarium, then neither are you! She's back in the toasty kitchen, enjoying taking up all the space on the table with her long leaves on the horizontal. I really think she's going to be needing a bigger home soon :)
Dandy wings blowin' in the wind....Little Dandy seeds with a bit of fluff attached were blowing about today, here and there, up and down...What if I was just this one little seed, flying on Dandy wings, so carefree?... It sure looked like a lot of fun and not a care in the world...
But alas, reality entered and I took a look at how things are growing (nope, no foraging with this rain on and off past few days). Got my first harvest of the season with...Starlight Chickweed! The pot that was designated with Tansy was filled with this little beauty (nary a Tansy to be seen), some even about to flower. Chickweed is like lettuce in that she's a cut and come again kinda gal, so I cut up a big bunch and made me a mean green pesto with fresh Basil and Coriander, my wild soup, a bunch of Kale, some Sunflower seeds and a touch of heating herbs like Cumin, Paprika, Mustard, Kelp and a touch of salt. So yum with the Parsnip crackers I made with it :)
Nasturtiums are coming along quite nicely, I must say, and I found a Lamb's Quarter plant that was growing up big and strong and decided to move her on over to the Sweet Trefoil pot, where no Sweet Trefoil seedlings have shown up. Candy Tuft and Marigold seedlings were also spotted, as were Marshmallow and Malva. Both of the Malva plants I bought are in bloom, and both Yarrow plants and Mums are about to flower.
On the back balcony, I spotted some baby Purslane and Chive shoots. There are a few Zinnia plants that are coming along, as well as 2 Cucumber and 2 Tomato plants. I also spotted some Lettuce and 1 or 2 baby Spinach. All the herbs I bought are doing great, especially the Golden Sage. She has this brilliance in her energy every time I see her. The Cinnamon Basils (there are 4) have a strong, robust energy about them, and I noticed that Thyme has this sweet energy about her and seems happy where she is growing.
All of the Mints I bought also have a strong, robust energy about them. Their dark green color is really rich and they remind me of Moroccan mint, but none of them are.
I confess: after infusing Rose petals in grape seed oil to make Rose perfume, it got me thinking that maybe I could make some Lavender perfume in the fall. I had a Lavender plant last year, but she didn't come back, so, I was thinking about making another trip to the flower market ;P My Lemon Balm seeds haven't taken, so that could be another lovely addition to my balcony garden, and then are always some plants that are most probably root bound by now and are just seeking a new home, and I have a few spots available, ya know ;) Yep, it's lookin' like another trip to the flower market is coming up!
But that will probably happen early next week. First, I'll check what goodies are growing at work. There's also a neighbor that has Rose bushes and they might have flowered by now. There are 2 kinds of Roses and when I asked, he professed not to know what kind they were. He was initially worried when he spotted me one day removing petals from the Roses, but when I explained to him how the flowers weren't harmed and what I was using them for, he nodded and upped and took off. I was surprised, I thought he might be interested in the many uses for Roses, but turns out he's a busy man and couldn't care less!!
Hm, perhaps another go at infusing more Rose petals to make perfume? I confess that I prefer to eat the dark burgundy wine ones, as well as the white ones, and use the pink ones for tea and perfume. Although, seeing the White Clover on the neighbor's lawn downstairs today made me recall a conversation I had with White Clover two summer's ago, when she told me that she was quite fragrant and would make a lovely perfume.
Interestingly, although my herb teacher had told us about the merits of Red Clover and downplayed the white one of lesser, medicinal use, White Clover was right in what she told me when I "verified" her info on the web: often used in perfume!! She does remind me of Vanilla, a Vanilla-esque kind of smell, or maybe a cross between Vanilla and Lavender. I've made a few salads using her flowers and even before you take the first bite, you have this waft of perfume come to greet your nose. She doesn't have that much taste, but she isn't bad tasting at all :)
I guess there are some future wildcrafting recipes ahead! I'm still hoping to get to visit Bellefield soon, as well as Buckthorn Woods. Plus, since the other fields where I used to forage have now been turned into houses, it's going to be time to visit some new places. They are farther away than the previous fields, although the one I eyed beside the hardware store looks promising and is quite huge.
Keep you posted, sunshine, you bet your shining light I will :) Hope to see your smilin' face rayoning instead of these gray clouds ;)
Ps. I mentioned that I thought I had seen Virgina Creeper while out foraging behind the mall the other day. Turns out while on a foraging FB group there was a discussion about the leaves causing contact dermatitis in some and the berries being poisonous. Thought I'd share a link so y'all can read, if you have a hankerin' :)
Curiosity Got The Cat: