Spring in the woods

Here are a few views from my office today. You know it’s spring when you see wild flowers everywhere. It’s when the woods come alive. Everyone knows bluebells, with their vibrant colour and heady scent.

bluebell woods
Waves of Bluebells

But if your really lucky you’ll see this too

wood anemone
Carpet of Wood Anemone

or this

golden saxifrage
Bank of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage

and keep your eyes peeled for these beauties

Sweet Violets
Sweet Violets
Dog Violets
Dog Violets
Garlic Mustard
Jack by the Hedge
Wild Strawberry
Wild Strawberry flowers
Wood Sorrel
Wood Sorrel

Last week of birch sap for this year

The super moon on Thursday seems to have spurred the birch trees into leaf so the sap has finished rising for another year. This weekend we will be bringing the last of the fresh birch sap to the farmers markets in Stoke Newington and Notting Hill.

Wild herbs for pesto
Wild herbs for pesto

With wild garlic and alexanders growing strong we will have our wild pesto herb bunches and wild garlic on the Mushroom Table too.

Wild garlic, wild chervil and alexanders pesto
Wild garlic, wild chervil and alexanders pesto

RHS London Show

Our good friend and sustainable foraging expert Claudio Bincolletto will be at  London show Vincent square tomorrow 2nd April with some of our Oyster Mushroom Kits and Mushroom Dowels if anyone wants to get growing mushrooms this weekend and can’t wait for the post.