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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Correcting my mistakes. It's not hogweed! Old Tidemill Garden too.

It's not hogweed it's Alexander. Which is good because you can eat it.  Apparently it grown in places where Monastries used to be.  The flower is yellow and not white so it's definitely not hogweed.
So there you go.  I still must have brought it into the garden from some hedgerow somewhere.
I know this from the lovely Louise at Tidemill Garden, who had it at a restaurant for some ridiculous price.

"Alexanders, (also known as Alisanders, Horse Parsley and Smyrnium) Smyrnium olusatrum is a wild (and cultivated) flowering plant belonging to the Apiaceae (Umbellifera or carrot) family."


Read more at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Alexanders




And so to Tidemill Gardens.  How lovely to be able to go and help plant seeds today with Ella.  We planted Sweetcorn, Sunflowers and Tomatoes.  As usual it was a lovely sunny day.
We had lunch too, with some Kale and broccoli from the garden and Andrea made Nettle tea, which I have never had before and which tasted and smelt of a summers day.

 

Walked through Brookmill Park to get there and Spring has come at last.  What a difference a couple of weeks make at this time of the year.

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