Plants on sale in my garden during open days during autumn 2016! Many are in my book Around the World in 80 plants and, in this case, the page number is given! Pris kr 30-60.
NB! I don’t have the time to send, sorry!
Page in book
Acanthopanax henryi (not edible)
Aegopodium podograria variegata
ground elder, bishop’s weed
Allium “Norrland Onion”
Allium cernuum (two types)
Allium “Norrland Onion”
Siberian garlic chives
Allium schoenoprasum “Dwarf White”
sand leek, rocambole
garlic chives, chinese chives, chinese leek
kinagressløk, kinesisk gressløk
Himalayan onion, Sherpa onion
Allium x proliferum
Egyptian onion, tree onion
Aquilegia caerulea (edible petals only)
Rocky mountain columbine
udo, Japanese asparagus
Aralia elata / spinosa
Oni’s walking stick, devil’s walking stick, Japanese Aralia,
Japanese Angelica tree
Barbarea vulgaris variegata
Chamaenerion angustifolium “Album”
white rosebay willowherb
good king henry
Crambe maritima (Lindesnes)
Cryptotaenia japonica “Atropurpurea”
mitsuba, Japanese parsley
mitsuba, japansk persille
hablitzia, Caucasian spinach
Hemerocallis fulva “Kwanso Double”
Hosta “August Moon”
Hosta “Chinese Sunrise”
Houttuynia cordata “Cameleon”, “Double” and ordinary
3 years ago, I was at a LETS Trondheim meeting at Manuela Panzacchi’s place. I had forgotten, but we had been asked to bring some food and I took a flowery salad along. One of the other participants, Svanhild Anita Vågsvær, contacted me a few weks back as she was getting married, remembered the salad and wanted something similar at her wedding! Would I sell her some tasty edible flowers? Of course she could have some! Late the evening before the wedding, groom Christian Berg arrived and we picked a good selection! The pictures show the salad put together by their chef with goat cheese, caper vinaigrette and foccacia! Congratulations!
As part of Trondheim’s climate festival, which runs all this week, Naturvernforbundet (Friends of the Earth Norway) arranged a tour to experience first-hand a couple of remnants of old forest in Malvik! We learned more about the need to preserve more old forest in Norway, to extend the size of existing reserves and the importance to change the way we manage the forest as soon as possible to bind as much carbon as possible! Today’s clearfelling practices need to be changed to more ecologically sound methods.
We learned how to spot old forest remnants from afar, that about 80% of the carbon is below ground level and that only about 3% of the forest in Norway is over 160 years old, although the amount of old forest is now on the rise. We also visited Storfossen on the Homla river and talked about the spray zone around the waterfall where several rare lichens and mosses can be found. The forest along the river in this dramatic canyon-like landscape was finally protected by law last year: http://malviknytt.no/2015/12/11/homla-naturreservat-vernet-i-dag
It was a very interesting day thanks in particular to biologist Arnodd Håpnes from Naturvernforbundet in Oslo who lectured and asked questions from the well attended tour participants together with Martin Stuevold from the local group who are pushing the plans for protecting the forest locally and also Jan Erik Andersen from Fylkesmannen who also informed about the complicated process of trying to protect more forest…
My favourite dried fruit is sour cherry / surkirsebær. A good yield this year, untouched by the birds!
050916: Added a picture of the dried fruit…trying hard not to eat them all straight away…so delicious!
Last week 15 years ago, the extreme salad man was created…and he is upset that Facebook completely missed this event…so let’s make up for it in this thread, please leave your gree(n)tings :)
Ably supported by this week’s garden helper Josefine Marie Dichmann from Odense in Denmark, and another of a stream of quality ex-students from Fosen Folkehøgskole, a salad of some 140 ingredients was put together in about an hour last night with marigold petals forming ESM’s age!
Heracleum persicum is a giant umbellifer, very closely related to Giant Hogweed another very closely related invasive of more southerly latitudes. We call it Tromsøpalme here as these giant plants might resemble palm trees from afar where they grow in large quantities in the arctic city of Tromsø. I today harvested seed of one last plant remaining after the kommune had strimmed a small coastline stand of this plant, presumably spreading seed everywhere….
The seed is used as an important spice in Iran, something I learned from my friend Saideh Salamati who I credited in my book (she also made an excellent dish of the young shoots at a gathering of foragers here in June). I nowadays use more golpar in my cooking than any other spice…delicious and free!
It was actually bilberries that were the evening’s objective, but when you see several ceps / steinsopp in the woods and hedgehogs/piggsopp and saffron milk caps / matriske (almost all surprisingly in good condition without fly larvae) and chantarelles / kantarell, then there’s a change of plan….and there was still time to pick more than enough bilberries for drying another ovenfull!
Most people into permaculture in Scandinavia know of Lars Westergaard’s nursery in Denmark as one of the best sources of a range of hard to get (and unique, from Lars’ own selection work) fruit and nut trees. Lars has been working with production of organic plants for many years and commercially since 2009. It seems much longer! He specialises in walnuts, heartnuts, hazel, sweet chestnut, peach, mulberries, figs, haskaps and many more! I’ve been wanting to visit for some years and an opportunity finally arose after I’d given a couple of courses near Copenhagen in August 2016. It was a pity that Lars was “distracted” by several customers during our visit, so we didn’t have too much time to talk together…..but I was impressed by what I saw. Thanks to Aiah Noack for taking me…and looking forward to his plants becoming available in Norway soon :)