Category: We Love …. Wednesdays

We Love … Elderflower

Elder (Sambucus nigra), is a bit of a brute of a tree. It can grow tall and straggly, grows back fro a stump however hard you try to cut it back when removing one from a hedgerow, tends to accumulate dead patches and branches and the wood takes ages to […]

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We Love … Goosegrass

Goosegrass, as I knew it growing up in Lancashire or “sticky willy” as it is known here in The Borders, is a complete nuisance at the moment; sprawling over newly planted willow saplings in the woodland next to the house, threatening to encroach onto the borders and raised beds, sticking […]

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We Love … Honeysuckle

Well, of course we love honeysuckle! It looks incredible, grows well in the Scottish Borders and, especially on sunny spring evenings, honeysuckle flowers smells amazing. AND.. the flowers can be used to infuse a sweet, honey (obviously!) flavour into many dishes. Honeysuckle is really easy to identify and to find; […]

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We Love – Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely is an incredibly delicious and nutritious plant growing free in the hedgerows! Sweet Cicely is a tall herbaceous perennial plant which can grow up to 2m tall, though more likely to be around a metre tall. The leaves look like fern or bracken leaves and they smell – […]

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WE LOVE … SORREL

The name sorrel is used to describe several related plants. The name comes from the French for ‘sour’ (sœur), and it is true that the leaves, which are the edible part of the plant, have a sharp acidity. If you look on line for the names of the different varieties […]

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We Love … Dandelions

Yes, we love Dandelions! Every part of the plant is edible. A cup of dandelion leaves give you over 500% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K and over 100% vitamin A, and they are packed with vitamin C Dandelions are part of the sunflower family and up until […]

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We Love … Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard is another one of those vigourous plants which grows pretty much anywhere and which lots of people consider to be an invasive weed. Truth be told, it is a bit of a bully and it exudes toxins which poison the fungi native plants need to live. It can […]

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We Love … Nettles

Yes, honestly! Who would have thought that this garden pest could be good for anything. Here’s a list to prove it: Young nettle leaves are edible, they taste like spinach when cooked, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Pick only the tips – the first four or six leaves […]

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We Love … Wild Garlic

This plant is known by many, many different names – Bear leek, Bear’s garlic, Broad-leaved garlic, Buckrams, Ramsons and Wood garlic The leaves AND flowers are edible. Young leaves are delicious added to soups, sauces and pesto. The leaves are starting to appear right now and are best picked when […]

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