I always dreamed of working in a botanical garden and somehow my wish has come true only 7 months after retiring from job as an ocean wave climatologist!
Even better, I can come and go as I wish (more or less)…I now have an office where I will be able to document and tend (in summer) my onion garden, as visiting researcher :)
…and the staff are lovely people too :)
Ringve Botanical Garden’s Administration building and glasshouse
The old Ringve Farm today houses the Ringve Music Museum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringve_Museum)
My office window is south facing, far right in the picture
Reporting for work
The welcoming committee arriving :)
A stroll around the garden to check my Allium garden!
Many of the plant labels had been moved. This is the culprit :)
Ringvedammen with Typha angustifolia in the foreground
Walnuts on the ground!
Waxwings like it at Ringve
Distant mountains and tree full of waxwings!
The next garden I visited in Victoria BC on 1st April 2017! The Abkhazi Gardens were created by Prince Nicholas Abkhazi from Georgia and his wife from 1947, taken over by the Land Conservancy to protect the garden against property development.
I think the garden was on the hill?
Pachyphragma macrophylla is a beautiful woodland edimental in the cabbage family which is one of the earliest flowering woodlanders. I had it for a number of years, but for some reason didn’t make notes of tasting it…I lost it unfortunately…replanted it last year and lost it again..
Pachyphragma macrophylla is from West Asia, N.E. Turkey to the W. Caucasus. It’s naturalized in Britain. Have a taste and let me know!
Trachystemon orientalis in flower
Primula and Podophyllum
Petasites palmatus: the leaves and young stems were a vegetable for native american tribes
Wild camas (Camassia) meadow!
Wild camas (Camassia) meadow!
Anthriscus sylvestris “Ravenswing” (cow parsley / hundekjeks)
A display of plants of current interest: Trachystemon orientalis
The owner of the Airbnb I was staying at in Victoria, BC kindly took me on a tour of gardens on 2nd April 2017! This was the first garden, a lot which was donated to the city and maintained for native plants by volunteers!
Thanks once again Kelly Kerr!
The year’s first flowering Trillium!
Erythronium oregonum (white fawn lily)
Mahonia aquifolium, tall Oregon grape
Mahonia nervosa, dull Oregon grape
Sword fern? (Polystichum munitum)
Indian plum or osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis)…the plums were/are eaten fully ripe by native peoples of the west coast!
Camas meadow, Camassia leichtlinii
Osmorhiza occidentalis (sweet cicely root)?
Ribes sanguineum “White Icicle”?
So much has happened this year that I haven’t had time to blog about several places I’ve visited this year….with a bit more time now I’m returning to my great trip to Canada in March and Victoria, BC. Solara Goldwynn , a local Permaculture Landscape Designer (Hatchet & Seed) had arranged a program for me including a walk and talk gig at the Garden of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, just 12 km from downtown Victoria! It’s a relatively young garden but full of interesting plants (far more interesting than the nearby world famous Butchart Gardens which doesn’t even merit a blog post!). It’s non-profit community focused garden with sustainable management practices. Here’s an album of pictures from the garden tour and talk – the participants preferred to stay inside and hear the whole lecture rather than going outside, so this album documents what we would have seen :)
Thanks to Solara Goldwynn for arranging this and great also to finally meet my friend Lara from Salt Spring Island!
Before my talk Solara and I walked around the garden, making a plan for a tour of these largely ornamental gardens looking for edimentals!! A good start was this sign announcing the Hosta garden, although it was a bit early to see any spring sprouts (Hostas appear in late spring) ;)
Allium acuminatum is one of the west coast wild onions, widely used by Native American peoples as food, including the Coastal Salish and Thompson
Caltha, cowslip or marsh marigold is also widely used for food and medicine by native peoples
Cornus officinalis, Sanshuyu: the fruits are used fresh and in an alcoholic drink
Cornus avellana “Contorta”, contorted Hazel. I hadn’t seen the name “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick” before. From Wikipedia, it has Scottish roots!: “Sir Henry McLennan Lauder (4 August 1870 – 26 February 1950) was a notable Scottish entertainer, described by Sir Winston Churchill as ‘Scotland’s greatest ever ambassador!'” The Corkscrew Hazel was dubbed “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick” because the comedian used a crooked branch cane during his performances.”
Harry Lauder and twisted walking stick
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
Sedum spectabile is a good spring salad plant!
Trachystemon orientalis took my thoughts to my friends in Bulgaria, Maria Tariyska and ИВАН КАМБУРОВ, plants bind us all together; see how this plant is eaten here – http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=1269
Nice touch at the entrance, including Trachystemon!
Lilium martagon has edible flowers and bulbs, a great plant for a forest garden
Trilliums and Polygonatums, more edible forest garden inhabitants
…and more, Erythroniums
One of the edible berries of the west coast, kinnikinnick (melbær) is also widespread in Norway.
The native plant garden!
…with edible camas (Camassia) and garry oak
Edible camas and Dodecatheon
Ribes sanguineum “White Icicle”
Native Allium cernuum
Sweet cicely, Myrrhis odorata
Guess what I chose? Dandelion Latte or Organic Bone Broth? ;)
A few pictures from a short lunch time visit to the Oslo Botanical Garden at Tøyen this week with my little girl!
Eryngium maritimum (Sea holly) is an endangered species in Norway, so not encouraged to eat it. The next picture shows what Cornucopia II says of its use in the kitchen (I’ve never managed to grow it, so haven’t tried)
Eryngium maritimum (Sea holly) in Cornucopia II
Allium thunbergii is one of the latest onions to flower…it looked like there were two different forms here..
Pinus wallichiana, Indian blue pine (tårefuru /tear pine). The seeds are sometimes eaten as pine nuts..
Photographing the tears of Pinus wallichiana…..Conucopia II: the tree exudes an edible manna from the leaves and twigs!
The tears of Pinus wallichiana…..Conucopia II: the tree exudes an edible manna from the leaves and twigs!
The Viking garden
Hazel with Turkish Hazel!
Turkish Hazel…all I’ve opened have been empty
Campanula rapunculoides, from the garden’s Korsmo weed chart exhibition!
Probably the oldest Gingko tree in Northern Europe, soon to reach 150!
Edibles & ornamental plants