Thank you to Charles “Mr. Accordion Pissenlit” Frandelion for asking me over to Saint-Pascal (in the Kamouraska municipality) east of Quebec City and entertaining me with a great day enjoying the nature of his area and visiting the headquarters of La société des plantes, run by the legendary Patrice Fortier (www.lasocietedesplantes.com), where he works! Patrice was sadly in Italy…we will meet next time!
Charles with his drying racks
Crithmum maritimum overwintering in Charles’ basement
Digging out more room for plants under the house :)
Eastern Quebec is colder than Ottawa and Montreal and there was much more snow
Charles’ root cellar, shared with a couple of other people
We could barely squeeze around the door!
Veggie storage boxes
Sprouting radishes for seed…we ate these for dinner
View of the St. Lawrence
Charles veggie and medicinal plant gardens
Charles’ native american sweat lodge!
Hot stones were placed in the sweat lodge
An old apple orchard
Cedar shingle clad farm building
We stopped by the road for a sample of fresh sugar maple sap! Delicious and sweet enough as it is!
Alle of sugar maples
Angelica had gone wild in the garden and was appeariing green as the snow retreated!
Udo (Aralia cordata): Patrice Fortier and Telsing Andrews are probably the two best sources of perennial vegetables in Canada…
Wonderful neat rows of dandelions ready for harvest in the polytunnel!
Imagination needed for what was growing under the snow….here there was a bed of camas (Camassia)
Last year flowers of a species of Ash…male and female plants on separate plants
Patrice has a great collection of books
6-7 pages on pissenlit
Evening dinner with friends
Charles’ laptop wallpaper ;)
Large skeins of geese passing over :)
Edibles & ornamental plants