Wildflowers in Europe: Wonderful article

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 878, Replies: 21 » Jump to the end
Wildflowers in Europe

By JonnaSudenius
August 20, 2013

These are my personal views on growing plants and a little overview of some European wildflowers

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Aug 19, 2013 6:11 PM CST
Very comprehensive and informative!

I am intrigued by this statement: 'Urtica dioica, a plant not loved by many, but here the young leaves are used to make a famous soup and a very tasty cheese.' - What is the famous soup and the tasty cheese???
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
canadanna
Aug 19, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Great article! I am also curious about Urtica dioica. The other one I like the idea of is snacking on Myrrhis odorata. Yummy anise!
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
CDsSister
Aug 19, 2013 8:37 PM CST
I agree I agree Really wonderful pictures and so much great information. I like a number of the plants you have included, but I do adore Anemone baldensis or any type of anemone. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Thank you so much for sharing the information and pictures with us. Thumbs up Thumbs up

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
Image
frostweed
Aug 19, 2013 9:05 PM CST
Wow!! you have an incredible garden and your article is very detailed.
I love your pictures and your attitude towards wildflowers. Keep up the good work Hurray!
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
Image
4susiesjoy
Aug 19, 2013 9:14 PM CST
I agree What beautiful flowers you have in your garden and I appreciate your passion for wildflowers. Thumbs up
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
Image
JonnaSudenius
Aug 20, 2013 2:46 AM CST
Thank you all for the compliments!

The cheese with stinging nettle can be made with milk from the cow, goat or sheep. It is usually made in Holland, where I was born. http://www.delekkerstekaas.nl/brandnetelkaas-7.html
I never made cheese, so I don't know how to make it.
I do mix the leaves with fresh cheese. Only young leaves are used, so this is always made in spring. Pick the young tops and cut them a bit. Put them in hot water for a few seconds, so the 'stinging' will disappear. Mix it with the fresh cheese and add pepper, salt and a bit of garlic.

There are many ways to make the soup. The easiest one is to use a ready bouillon and add some fresh cream. Add the chopped young nettles to the hot bouillon and serve immediately. Never cook the nettles for a long time. You need quite a lot of nettles, because they shrink a lot.

Here are a few recipes with the stinging nettle:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/nettle-recipes-stin...
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Aug 20, 2013 3:57 AM CST
Thank you! Now that I know the Dutch name for it I get the picture.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
stone
Aug 20, 2013 4:40 AM CST
Most of us want to have a garden that is unique, full of plants that nobody recognizes... in this day and age of small world gardening, growing local natives seems to be a great way to stand out.
It just so happens to also be the best way to attract native pollinators and birds...
Great post!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
Aug 20, 2013 6:10 AM CST
I agree with what's already been said! Hurray! The great diversity that these plants offer my garden and its many visitors are a great source of joy! I still use nursery propagated plants as well, but they don't affect me with nearly the same intensity as the humble and easy-going natural plants I've started from seed or found in untended areas growing wild. It's like the difference between looking at a picture of a horse race, and actually being the winning jockey: one gets a moment's notice from me and a rather bland perusal, the other is an experience fully designed to savor with wonder and excitement and to appreciate at length. Here, Moldavica is never without masses of pollinators in action and the bees stick to the Licorice Mint like they're attached with elastic strings...they even spend the night there. Big Grin



Great article, Jonna! Thank you!
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Image
wildflowers
Aug 20, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Jonna, thank you for sharing part of your beautiful garden! And your interesting story about how you came to love wildflowers.

There are so many useful wildflowers with medicinal and culinary value. I had no idea about Glechoma hederacea!

Thank you for the links and recipes too.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
Image
JonnaSudenius
Aug 20, 2013 2:14 PM CST
If you want seeds of some of 'my' wildflowers, don't hestitate to ask me. From most plants I will be able to collect seeds this year.
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Lilies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Image
fixpix
Aug 20, 2013 2:42 PM CST
Nice to see you here Jonna,
I am pretty sure I got some of your seeds -> plants...but mine never look this good.
Would this NOID be... Digitalis parviflora? I got three plants, and I have been intrigued cause I always guessed they were some kind of Penstemon.
It's been in the garden for a couple years, but no blooms yet.

Thumb of 2013-08-20/fixpix/5b7ec1 Thumb of 2013-08-20/fixpix/d6e7bd

By the way, mom also makes nettle soup sometimes. Early in spring. And also some kind of mashed nettle, like we usually make Spinach here... boiled, mashed, boiled again and mixed with milk/sour cream and some other stuff. I prefer Spinach, though :)
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Plant and/or Seed Trader Permaculture Roses Ponds Peonies
Lilies Irises Daylilies Dog Lover Beekeeper Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
CindiKS
Aug 24, 2013 8:07 AM CST
Jonna, what an interesting article! Your research is bringing many new plants to other parts of the world! i will share it with the Organic Gardening Club next week, so be prepared for seed orders from the group!
The way you showed us a close up of the flower, and then the whole plant is very helpful.
Thank you for sharing your story. Lovey dubby

Calin, your NOID looks like a campanula to me.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
Image
JonnaSudenius
Aug 24, 2013 1:51 PM CST
Sorry to all for my late reply, but there were some family things that needed my attention.

Calin: yes, I think you have the Digitalis parviflora. Maybe you got seeds from me some time ago? It will take 1-2 years to get blooms, but it's a real perennial here. I think I have this one for at least 4 or 5 years.


Cindi, Thank you for your nice reply. If the Organic Gardening Club is looking for more seeds, please let me know. I have more seeds than listed on my website now. I'm always very busy in the garden, so my website is only updated whith new seeds late October.


[Last edited by JonnaSudenius - Aug 24, 2013 1:59 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #471163 (14)
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
poisondartfrog
Oct 10, 2013 4:38 AM CST
How did I miss this wonderful article? Jonna it is priceless. The work you put into the details and the wonderful photos make it a beautiful and useful resource.
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
Image
JonnaSudenius
Oct 11, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Thank you for your compliment Alana. *Blush*
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Oct 15, 2013 3:28 PM CST
Joanna, good to see you! I would like to print out this whole article, it is so informative and full of good information. I Love all the flowers and I think it is a great idea to grow plants that will reseed. Less headaches in the future and fun trading. Thanks for doing all this homework for us! ( your pictures are wonderful! )

Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
Image
JonnaSudenius
Oct 17, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Thank you Susan, hope to meet you and other wild plant lovers on the Hog Wild Seed Swap (Piggy Swap) soon. I will offer a lot of seeds there.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Oct 17, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Yes, I sure need to think about that one. I was a nervous wreck the last time I did it. Not enough hours in the day to take that many orders. It was fun though! Tell everyone I said Oink, Oink, Snort!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I love the way you are committed to preserving wildflowers and you have a wonderful seed store which I do enjoy also. Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 2 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
jmorth
Oct 17, 2013 6:36 PM CST
super article!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Wildflowers in Europe
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Agave"