Thursday, May 06, 2010

~ The Wilds of Spring ~

One day last week I made a green salad straight from the yard , it included chickweed , dandelion greens , red clover buds , yellow wood -sorrel leaves , violet leaves and wild onion. I fried up some dandelion flowers and made red clover tea with local honey , then I added some sunflower seeds and ranch dressing to the salad , the lunch was delicious.
Thanks to a couple of blogging friends the lily above has been identified , it's an Atamasco Lily. It has no medicinal properties and my field guide said the leaves are quite toxic. But , it makes the heart smile with it's lovely beauty. Thank-you Callie and Flassie for helping i.d. this flower.

I've been busy yesterday and today harvesting red clover. I'm drying lots of buds for tea infusions and I'll be drying some of the buds and vines for the goats.

Here's another plant I'm trying to i.d. , it has small light pink blooms

and this is a picture of it's leaves , the next photo below

shows how it spreads out and has reddish colored stems. Does anyone know what this plant is ?

The Blackberries are blooming , it smells heavenly around here with all the wildflowers blooming.
What are you enjoying about the " Wilds of Spring " ?
~ Green Blessings ~


Tim said...

Hi, JoyceAnn!

Salad looks good. I've been getting a lot of dandelions and wild strawberries myself which in addition to my spinach, beet tops, mizuna, arugula and endive from the garden and pecans and dried tomatoes from last years harvest have been making some beautiful (and delicious) salads.

I'm not sure what that plant you have pictured is. I do know that they're all over my place too, though.

Sissy said...

Hi JoyceAnn, I too have this plant - galore but don't know what it is. It is ver easy to pluck out by the roots though. It proliferates in one lily bed here but no others. My only problem with it is that its taking nutrition from the lily and shading too much. Thank you for viewing my blog. Hope to see you often.

Peggy said...

I want to know what that plant is too as I have them around here. None of my friends seem to know. That salad looked yummy. No red clover around here...need to go back to mountains where its everywhere.

Callie said...

Wish I knew the name of your mystery plant, but I do know that the kind of leaf is called a palmate leaf.

Here is a site that might help you identify plants. I can't see the flower well enough to enter the correct information.

Good luck!

Callie said...

Here are two more sites to help you identify the plant (just in case I'm wrong about the leaf type.)

Sissy said...

I believe the clover pictured in the basket is pink clover. Red has long blooms instead of the round blossom and is a gorgeous shade. I just got 1/2 pound of seed to sow in a protected spot so it doesn't get mowed down before spreading.

Marie S said...

Now that is truly living off the land and local too!
Your lunch looks fantasic. I get a special thrill when I make something from my garden or gather wild. Don't you?
Happy Mother's day dear one!!
Love and hugs.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Tim ~ It's good to hear from you , those wild strawberries sound delish.

Hi Sissy ~ The clover in the basket is called red clover although it's more pinkish-purple in color. The clover you described and plan to plant is called Crimson or Italian clover , it's a darker red and has the long flowerhead.

Hi Peggy ~ Hopefully I'll find out what that plant is called soon. I'll let you know if I do.

Hi Callie ~ Thanks for the website info , heading over to check them out.

~ Many Blessings to Everyone ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I wonder if it is a Carolina Geranium? Or some type of geranium.

We have them too and I wondered about them. The closest I can come to the leaves in a geranium.

Thanks for stopping by!!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

PS. That salad looks so good!!

God Bless Your Mother's Day!!!

Sissy said...

You are so correct JoyceAnn. My big mistake; sorry. I wonder if the Crimson is healthful as a tea. Would you know? It has such a beautiful bloom that it just looks like it would be healthful. There is much I can learn from you. Thank you for your efforts to share with others. I appreciate it and am impressed with your knowledge that I just had to share it with my readers (such as they are) your jelly making...just wish I was able to bend and pick enough to try my hand at it too. Have you ever made sugared violets. Often wondered how they taste.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I'll have to go back and check to see if the bush has thorns or not. But it looks like it from taking a look at the photos.

I know the nettles have thrones.
My elbow stung for about 24 hours.

I also have put up links and photos to what I think is stinging nettle photos on my blog. Also photos of the cleavers.

If you get a chance take a look at them. I put up an interesting link about the nettles.

Glad to be of help on the IDing of the plant.

Your always so welcome as the flowers in May!!

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Sissy ~ I think the crimson clover has the same medicinal properties as the red clover. My field guide list the medicinal properties the same for all of these clovers , crimson clover , red clover and white clover.
I love the taste of violet jelly. Sometimes I just sit down on the ground and pick them or crawl around picking the flowers (lol). I haven't made the sugar coated flowers , always seem to use all the flowers for jellies. Maybe next year , because I have always wanted to try that. Last year I did freeze some in ice cubes , we served them at a cookout and some of my family were afraid of them (lol). My Mom said she heard someone say , this ice has flowers in it , do you think they're o.k. to use.

~ Blessings ~