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Winchester walk

On my recent quick visit to my parents in Hampshire, UK,  we did a walk from St Cross to Winchester along the River Itchen with Mum (89) and Dad  (93) followed by a walk up St Catharine’s Hill on my own to do the mizmaze ;)

Video of Winchester from St. Catharine’s Hill:

Visiting Camilla Plum

On 2nd May 2016 I finally got to visit Camilla Plum and Fuglebjerggaard. Camilla is one of Scandinavia’s best known authors and broadcasters on edible gardening and cooking. It was such a beautiful day that the formal talk was abandoned in favour of an edible tour of the organic nursery and farm lead by myself and Camilla. A great crowd of knowledgeable folk, some of whom had travelled quite a long way including one couple from Norway! Thanks for inviting me Camilla!! A great place and many must-have plants :)

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Camilla in front of a large bed of emerging Ostrich Ferns which were obviously thriving in this open location as shoots were popping up in the grass around the bed!

 

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Wool mulch
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Perennial kales
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One of the 80 in my book is Allium obliquum, twistedleaf garlic from Siberia! I’d never seen it growing on this scale before.
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This form of Allium obliquum had beautiful purple stems and was also on sale on the nursery.
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Nursery
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Edible perennials
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What was happening here? Camilla had asked staff to go down into this swampy pit to collect rhizomes and young shoots of a plant known in North America as the Supermarket of the swamps… 
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Harvesting salad ingredients :)
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Large selection of chilis!
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Large selection of chilis!
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Yellow flowered Allium moly is a great edible onion for partiual shade in the forest garden! Not often you see this one on sale, although supermarket chain Lidl were selling bulbs this autumn!
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Hop clones after Danish breeder Øyvind Winge, now made available in the nursery. I remember seeing these in the hop collection at Årslev…
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DAHLIAS!
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Hop-Asparagus!
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Perennial kales
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…and Lathyrus tuberosus
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Scorzonera
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Tulbaghia or Society Garlic from South Africa
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Wonderful lunch with ostrich fern, fried dandelion flower buds with salt and a lovely salad with tulip petals!
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Mushroom plant, Rungia klossii from Papua New Guinea is a novel salad plant

 

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