Careful With That Plant ID App

I love plant ID apps. I really do. They have been so helpful when I have been overseas trying to get to grips with the local flora and unable to find a plant guide. They do, however, come with a caveat. Plant ID apps are not 100% accurate. DO NOT RELY ON THEM. They are … Read more

How to Identify Hemlock Water Dropwort

People have died from eating all parts of Hemlock water dropwort! Is it Hemlock or Cow Parsley? Hemlock water dropwort is a member of the Apiaceae (Carrot) family. Which contains some very toxic plants. It is considered the most toxic plant growing in Britain. It contains a powerful neurotoxin called oenanthetoxin, which triggers spasmodic convulsions, … Read more

Ground Ivy Recipes

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How to sterilise bottles and jars

To sterilise bottles and jars: wash them in hot soapy water then rinse next, put in an oven at 325F/170C/150 fan and leave for 20 minutes. remove and allow to cool enough that you can pick them up

How to Photograph Wildflowers and Plants for Identification

With everyone carrying a smartphone these days, it’s just too easy to get lazy and snap a gazillion photos. Last year I deleted my Dropbox account and everything in it. Including tens of thousands of photos. I don’t regret it one bit. My reasoning was that most of those photos had been taken on out … Read more

Primrose – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

This humble little plant that often pops up unexpectedly in a corner of the garden after a long winter is a gentle herbal soother to the skin and makes a pretty addition to salads. Foraging in Spring Foraging in Summer Foraging Through The Year Scientific name Primula vulgaris. Family Primulaceae. Botanical description Large, yellow-green flowers … Read more

White Dead Nettle – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

While children once sucked the sweet nectar from white dead nettle flowers,1 today’s wild food enthusiasts may enjoy the plant in many other ways. Foraging in Spring Foraging in Summer Foraging Through The Year Common name White dead nettle. Scientific name Lamium album. Family Lamiaceae. Botanical description Green-white flowers with heart-shaped, hairy, green leaves. The … Read more

Brooklime – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

Brooklime is a delicate blue flower of ponds and streams,1 and often grows with watercress.2,3 It was used for centuries as a salad plant in northern Europe, collected in spring and well known for its pungency and bitterness.1,2,3 Foraging in Spring Foraging in Summer Foraging Through The Year Scientific Name Veronica beccabunga. Family Plantaginaceae. Botanical … Read more