Summer salad arrangements

14 Jul

DSC05662Here are a few wildflowers blooming in my area today.  The first one above is Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) which is only considered by a few foragers to have edible flowers, so do plenty of research before trying this one. Our native to this area Impatiens capensis is smaller with different colored flowers, both are known to have edible seeds which have exploding seed capsules which are a fun challenge to gather.


Himalayan balsam is kind of rare to see growing in the wild here in my area, but is considered an invasive in the UK.


Fireweed with flower buds, (Epilobium angustifolium) is a common plant in the Tantramar marsh.


Here is Fireweed with some open flowers.


Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)


Here we see the Evening primrose growing along the train tracks for a mile or so running through the marsh with a young groundhog using the rail as support while watching the traffic on the highway.


On the way home a stop to gather some elder flowers, (Sambucus Canadensis) Elderberry is not a very common plant in my area.


A look at an Elderberry bush, if you’re from the east coast of Canada and are just starting up an interest in Elderberry flowers you should  become familiar with the plant shown below.


Here is a wet field of approximately 20 acres which is covered with the very poisonous Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata). It often grows quite close to Elderberry bushes and can grow to 6 feet in some sites, so learn the differences between these 2 plants before gathering Elderberry flowers for the first time in the Maritime provinces.


A closer look at the typical 3+ foot Water Hemlock with white flowers to the left and behind the pink wild roses. ciao


4 Responses to “Summer salad arrangements”

  1. mobius faith July 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I wish we had fireweed here in Ohio. I’ve loved that plant ever since the summer I spent in Alaska. Your salad sounds divine.

    The critter photo inspires a couple of thoughts for me:
    Groundhog – waiting for the traffic to slow before he makes a mad dash across the road?
    Groundhog – placing a penny on the rail to be flattened by the next train?

    Hope you’ve had a GREAT weekend. 🙂

    • 1left July 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      thanks Mobius, things go well. The groundhog in the photo had a friend with him who jumped over the opposite rail into marsh, but this guy stayed on his rail for some time, he seemed quite comfortable there. ciao

  2. TheForagingPhotographer July 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Our local river (UK) is lined with himalayan balsam. It’s a bit of a menace but very pretty. Elder is a fantastic herb; one of nature’s medicine chests. Ours is Sambucus nigra though. Both the blossom and the berries have valuable medicinal qualities.

    • 1left July 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      As you can see our Elderberry shrubs blossom very late and the fruit some years are hit by frost before they have ripen, so this is one fruit I consider myself luck to gather a few gallons of for winter. The blossoms and fruit oddly are rarely uses by the folks here, though I have certainly enjoyed learning of the blossom’s fresh uses and have also been drying plenty in recent years. ciao

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