Celendine

Today is so Spring!!

Its so spring beacuse today I saw my first butterfly of the year, the frogs have spawned in the pond in our garden and I even caught a glimpse of some Wood Anenomies (Windflowers) .

I vistited the embryonic Rhubarb Farm today (http://83.170.122.74/rhubarb_farm/index.php) a new Social Enterprise Community Supported Agriculture project starting near Bolsover.  Beautiful Spring Day, we saw loads of things to eat at the bottom of the hedgerows – enough to make a propoer spring salad – dandelions, garlic mustard, cow parsley, hogweed, dead nettle, sorrel and of course hawthorn itself.

What caught my eye most of all was a whole bank of Celendine.  their beautiful star like flowers shining in the spring sun.  But everytime I see Celendine it really brings home the reality of starving.  You see one of the old names for Celendine is famine food.  Each of the tiny plants, if you dig them up, has teeny tiny nodules on the roots and these, if collected and ground up are pure starch.  How poor would you have to be to have nothing else?   How hungry would you have to be to face such a task to fill your belly?  I think I am very lucky to live in the Western World in 21st century.

 

Spring!!

Well having had to wait until mid April last year, I was very pleased to see signs of spring and edible plants coming to life!

I saw my first snowdrops last week and another bunch today (don’t eat snowdrops!) but as the herald of the changing season they are unmistakble.

This morning there was a single sheltered dandelion in flower and a quick search revealed a few brave plants coming up with new leaves, I also checked out y favourite patch of sorrel for a couple of tasty leaves. Not quite enough for a salad, but enough for a promise!