Oyster mushroom

Oyster mushroom

These mushrooms might sound quite familiar, as they are readily available in the supermarket aisles, often included as part of the misleading ‘wild mushrooms’ packets. However, the truly wild species can be quite variable and more often than not, they look entirely different. In my opinion, oysters are one of the best edible mushrooms. They … Read more

Forsythia

A very welcome sight after a hard winter, forsythia is often one of the first blooming deciduous shrubs, bursting into bright yellow overnight to then lose its bloom two weeks after, becoming rather boring for the rest of the year again. This genus is named after William Forsyth, a British royal gardener who brought the … Read more

Cleavers (Goosegrass)

Cleavers used to be a known plant amongst children, as they would be thrown on friends’ jumpers for fun: the plant would get stuck in their jumpers, acting as a primitive Velcro. They have also been a long standing enemy of the gardener, as cleavers are easily propagated through their sticky seeds on shoes and … Read more

Ground ivy

Often overlooked, ground ivy grows vigorously and spreads in shady lawns easily, becoming an invasive weed in gardens. However, it looks amazing as a ground cover in woodland, displaying beautiful violet flowers which attract bees and butterflies. Learn to love it and embrace such a useful herb with aromatic notes like no other. Ground ivy … Read more

Spring elf canapes

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The saying goes ‘you eat with your eyes’ and this is very true of the bright Scarlet Elf Cup. This stunning little fungus is the perfect ingredient to surprise your guests and create simple, yet mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres full of colour contrast. They can make the perfect gourmet woodland snack because the ‘basket shape’ allows … Read more

Scarlet elf cup

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These little beauties are one of the most eye catching winter fungi on the woodland floor, displaying a stunning vibrant red colour and lighting up amongst the green mosses. In Scarborough, the fruit bodies used to be arranged with moss and leaves and sold as a table decoration. They are so magical that it is … Read more