JANUARY ~ YOUNG WILD PLANTS

During my walk today I took note of some of the young wild plants that are coming up and looking green and healthy. The day was very mild and there was a light drizzle, called around here ‘Irish Mist’, it’s good for the skin of the face, and it feels lovely and fresh.  While I walk I try to take in what is growing as I am making a record of all the wild plants I can find.  It’s amazing how many we can use as food, interesting too.  I guess that my interest in wild plants started when I was 6 years old, with the Dandelion.  And every year they grow again, a renewal in nature which would even give the most pessimistic person a lift.  And there is always something new to discover or learn.  It makes me very happy.

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The Pennyworth plants are all over the Boreen, a lovely bright green.

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The beautiful feathery leaves of the young Yarrow plants, that promises a good crop for harvesting later on in the year.

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Groundsel has got some little yellow flowers already.

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And the Foxglove plant is already well up in time for June flowering.

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Plenty of Daisies, they are a great plant to add to salads and full of vitamins and minerals, good for early spring food later on.

12 thoughts on “JANUARY ~ YOUNG WILD PLANTS

    1. We always used Yarrow tea when we had a cold, or fever. It’s supposed to be an anti-inflammatory, also good to help stop internal bleeding, and lots more. I always have some in the house, it grows so easy and everywhere around here. It’s also a beautiful plant and I love the white flowers. I dry some in the summer months.

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    1. Yes it’s fun trying all these wild herbs and plants. I am sure that you are used to these plants if you use Daisies David, but just check for yourself about the Yarrow, just in case a person is on any medicine I always check the interactions for myself. Enjoy.

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  1. I just wanted to check, it is the daisy greens you’re referring to, isn’t it? Or are the flowers also edible? I wouldn’t want to miss out on any parts that I could use.

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    1. It’s the greens but not sure about the flowers. I just checked my herbal course, which maintains that daisy flowers can be eaten. But please do not take my word for it as I am against giving advice like that to others as not a qualified person in herbals or wild foods. Take care.

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      1. I shall of course check out the information before I ingest anything that I’m unsure of, but I will have to look into the daisy flower now since it was only the greens that I’ve been using. But the leaves are very tasty. With myself, I always check with my doctor simply because I’m on several medications and I’d like to be aware of any interactions that she may know of. But thanks for the heads-up.

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      2. You are a wise man 🙂 me too I am always careful. Exciting though to learn new things isn’t it.

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      3. I seem to recall reading somewhere that lack of movement is one of the primary ways to determine whether or not something is alive, but I like to think that the act of learning new things is an even better way of making that same determination. It is my sincere hope that for as long as I am alive, I will never fail to continue learning new things. If those new things should happen to involve something good to eat, all the better. Lol.

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