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Quote from: André on May 06, 2020, 07:24:47 AMFrom what I read, there are different varieties of wild garlic. The european variety (allium ursinum) and the appalachian one are related to, but not identical to the one we have here (allium tricoccum). In Quebec it's an endengered species, and one is allowed to harvest a maximum of 50 plants per year.An interesting article here:https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/garlic-lovers-answer-the-call-of-the-wild/article686154/.Herman: I suppose we won't be seeing you picking wild mushrooms either . That's another of my favourite non-musical pursuits. Fortunately it lasts longer and brings more diversity. Miam!
Quote from: Herman on May 06, 2020, 09:24:58 AMI admire mushrooms (and hopefully some of the feeling is mutual...) but can you eat those?Obviously this is not the season, but those in your picture do show up in the late fall near where I live.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 06, 2020, 09:37:50 AMI hadn't realized that ramps were the same thing as wild garlic. I do remember seeing them for sale at my co-op last year but they were expensive so I passed on trying them. Might be tempted to should I see them again...and if they aren't endangered in my area of course.How does the flavor hold up after cooking? Or best just used in things like salad?PD
Quote from: André on May 06, 2020, 03:22:13 PMThat picture shows coprinus comatus, a choice edible common on lawns in September. It decays fast, with the gills turning pinky, then brown before liquefying (hence the name 'inky cap'). When they are young and white they are superb. And they grow in clusters, which makes them a good catch.
Quote from: André on May 06, 2020, 03:26:02 PMI prefer them uncooked, but the bulb can be sauteed in butter, just like green onions. When cooked, the garlicky taste is not as strong and a bit of bitterness develops (like scallions or chicory). It's a once-a-year treat, one of those signs that Spring has arrived for real !
Quote from: Herman on May 08, 2020, 08:14:07 AMIn the Neths garden centers are open, and I believe they have been too busy, just like the Ikea stores, with people who desperately need to get out and spend some money.
Quote from: Herman on May 27, 2020, 11:11:49 AMIn other places it strikes me that roses are also unusually abundant.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 27, 2020, 10:53:39 AMAny major problems with pests so far?
Quote from: Mandryka on May 27, 2020, 11:17:29 AMAs you will see Cecile Brünner is really thriving in my garden and she's started to invade the big pear tree. I like the effect but I'm wondering if I should nip it in the bud -- will she completely smother the tree?
Quote from: Herman on May 27, 2020, 12:27:01 PMThat would depend how big the pear tree is.And yet maybe it would be good to think of way to let the rose not be dependent on the tree, and construct another thing it can grow against.
Quote from: Herman on May 27, 2020, 11:11:49 AMMy big red rhododendron is now it's most abundant bloom in years. What I used to do with rhodos and azalea is mix in some fine cedar needles in the soil, so as to mimic their ur-habitat and make their soil airier.In other places it strikes me that roses are also unusually abundant. It has been dry, sunny and sometimes quite windy. So I'd expect vermin to come a flying and land right in rose bushes, but I guess they didn't. Yet.I purchased a humble sage plant this afternoon, for my tiny little kitchen garden. Salmon, lime and sage is just the best.I bet you have a large garden, PD, because those eggplants ain't pretty to look at, as I recall.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 27, 2020, 11:17:29 AMErrrr . . . yes! As you will see Cecile Brünner is really thriving in my garden and she's started to invade the big pear tree. I like the effect but I'm wondering if I should nip it in the bud -- will she completely smother the tree?
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 27, 2020, 03:08:06 PMAndré,I tried to buy some ramps but due to Covid and I think also checking a bit late for them...and trying to figure out where to buy them, I missed out this year (weather also turned really hot almost overnight too!). Oh, well, will try again next year!Best,PD
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