Today we travel to Cascade Locks area to Herman Creek for a walk with the flowers and their leaves. We met Fairybells (Disporum hookeri), Small Solomon's Seal (Smilacina stellata), False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemoasa), Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), Miners Lettuce (Montia perfoliata), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria sp.), Miners Lettuce (Montia perfoliata), Big-Leaf Maple flowers (Acer macrophyllum), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), Chickweed Monkey Flower (Mimulus alsinoides), Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa), Wild Ginger (Asarum caudaum), Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum), Larkspur (Delphinium trolliifolium), Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Nettles (Urtica dioica) among others who have already slipped my memory.
Yet another wonderful opportunity; hearing Cascade Anderson Geller speak at NCNM today. CAG brought some lovely plants to share with us today including, Dandelion, Yellow Dock, Valerian, Cottonwood buds in oil, Chapparral in oil, Fennel seeds, Anise seeds, and St. John’s Wart in oil.
Cascade states the importance of knowing and being connected with the Elements; earth, air, fire and water. These are building blocks that society has been disconnect from. She spoke of fire and how humans are like fire in ways including the need for fuel and oxygen and how we both start young and fragile and grow strong.
I thoroughly enjoy what Cascade has shared with us herbal students and look forward to expanding my knowledge in these helpful directions. I look forward to connecting with the Elements; respecting and knowing them.
I am also reminded to eat my greens, which I love and could always experience more of, including Dandelion greens which I tend to over look when making salads.
Rosemary and Sage infused wine! I purchase two bottles of Green Fin organic white wine from Trader Joe’s, then harvested Rosemary and Sage from my garden. I put the Rosemary in a quart mason jar and the Sage in another and poured one bottle of wine over each. I let the wine and herbs infuse over night and then took the wine to a May Day celebration to share. It was delightful, but not quite as delicious as Meredith’s May Day which had rose petals and strawberries, yum!