At long last spring has decided to show her face, and a hint of green can be seen in the trees and hedgerows.
Walking along the River Arrow – the river that meanders through the town – is always nice at this time of the year, and even more so this year, as winter just didn’t seem to want to go to sleep.
The dogs never seem to object to going there, even when the footpaths are deep with mud, but today was dry, the dogs feet, all twelve of them (that’s feet, not dogs :-D) stayed clean and dry.
We watched a Great Spotted Woodpecker, drumming away on the hollow branches of a tree above us, a fascinating sight until he caught us watching him, he then moved off to another tree, that gave more depth to his drumming, looking for a mate perhaps?
The air was heavy with the smell of garlic.
The sight that greeted us as we walked further round the track soon explained the aroma.
Wild garlic was in abundance everywhere. I’ve just googled wild garlic, according to Wiki:
Latin name Allium ursinum – known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek or bear’s garlic
I like the name Bear’s garlic 🙂 it conjures up images of many, many years ago, before mans persecution of this magnificent animal, when wild bears would have roamed and foraged on the land.
The only bearlike creature foraging amongst the garlic today was my huge teddy bear of a dog Jasper.
I also checked on the net, to see what part of the plant, was edible, I was surprised to see the whole plant is, leaves, flowers and roots. It did point out though, that the leaves can be mistaken for Lilly of the Valley, which are extremely toxic. There was certainly no doubt when I rubbed my fingers on these leaves though.
I think I need to forage before it vanishes for another year…… recipes anyone?
I’ll leave you with a photo of the flower, only partly open in this pic, but it looks too pretty to eat.