I grew up in a community were foraging was considered normal. Descended from 1,500 years of a nomadic lifestyle Food for Free was not just some folksy fad, it kept us alive but knowledge is so easily lost. Thankfully the good people of PEA run Introduction to Foraging days for their volunteers and there are a few of our finds from an overcast day in January at Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve. 1: Wild Onion (Allium vineale) Wild Onion known as field onion, field garlic, wild onion, wild chives and crow’s garlic is an innocuous little plant that to the casual … Continue reading 5 New Year Foraging Plants You Need to Know
Like all those who are new to Botany I can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of flowers popping up in Spring and Summer, there are too many of them how can anyone possibly remember all of … Continue reading Flowering Plants: What to see in August
Survivalist and Preppers, Bushcrafters and people who simply like being in the outdoors, it’s all the rage learning to live off the land. Some people simply have gardens or allotments, maybe a hobby farm but there are those who take it a little further and want the knowledge of surviving the wilderness. Perhaps they are paranoid of the apocalypse, terrified of being in a plane crash, an inquisitive botanist or have romantic notions of wanting to be a Native American or Aborigines (with the way Europeans have treated such cultures and continue to treat them, seems almost a little disrespectful. … Continue reading Fun Fact: Rabbit meat can kill you.
Purple Vetch (Vicia dasycarpa) @plants_uk @Love_plants pic.twitter.com/nxf3atCRfi — Samanta's Wildlife (@WildlifeSamus) June 4, 2014 Continue reading Vetch in the Harvest
Since March I have been trying to find a positive ID for a small, purple bilaterally asymmetrical viola-like flower with a yellow centre that grows on walls with palmate’d waxy leaves, as of my last post I had been unsuccessful however the … Continue reading Ivy Leaved Toadflax
Since March I have been trying to find a positive ID for a small, purple bilaterally asymmetrical viola-like flower with a yellow centre that grows on walls with palmate’d waxy leaves, so far I have been unsuccessful in match it to … Continue reading Unknown flower down by the sea
Last week I mistook a Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla) for a Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis arvensis) due to their partial similarity. As a botany enthusiast my weakness is in leaf morphology. I typically identify plants from their flowers, although this is not ideal as … Continue reading Forget-me-not Brunnera!
Life Cycle: Perennial, In flower during March, April and May. Description: Perenniating herb from small tubers. The heart shaped leaves emerge early in spring and die down in summer. The flowers have 8 to 12 petals which are shiny and yellow fading to whitish when old. Actinomorphic. Stamens and carpels numerous. Habitats Deciduous woodland Coniferous woodland Grassland Hedgerows Meadow Scrub Short turf Wasteland Fruit The fruit is an achene. Usage Pilewort. Early leaves high in vitamin C. Poisonous, must be heated or dried. Continue reading Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
Life Cycle: Perennial. In flower during March, April and May. Evergreen. Description of Genus: Creeping perennial herbs, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form large clonal colonies, never climbing. The leaves are evergreen, opposite and simple. The flowers are light … Continue reading Lesser Periwinkles (Vinca minor)