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Gavin Ireland
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The more I learn about trees, plants and flowers, the more I realise that there is quite a lot of botanical terminology that would help. It's not essential to know this stuff, but I've found that learning comes quicker if you do.

So, I thought it might be a good idea to have a kind of Glossary of botanical terms.

I've also added some diagrams at the bottom of the page to help explain some of the terms.

#glossary #foundfood #botany

http://www.foundfood.com/glossary-botanical-terminology-foragers/
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No seriously! It's more complex than you might imagine, and having a common language really helps when talking about the parts of a leaf.

For the avoidance of doubt, leaf refers to both the flat type that you imagine, and the needles and scales found on some evergreens. This is not a complete reference, just the parts that I find most useful.

You'd better get comfortable, this is a long post...

#parts of a leaf

http://www.foundfood.com/parts-and-structure-of-a-leaf/
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I'm finding that as I learn more about plants and trees, it's becoming increasingly useful to understand some of the botanical words and phrases that are used. Not just the Latin names (which are helpful sometimes), but also the parts of plants. So the long long white things with yellow things on the end, become the white Filaments with yellow Anthers.

#carpel #FoundFood #glossary of botanical terms #parts of a flower #pistil #sepal #stamen

http://www.foundfood.com/the-parts-of-a-flower/
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I came across some edible wild flowers on a walk, and they reminded me of my wife, so I brought a few home for her to brighten up her desk. Pretty flowers for my gorgeous wife, Samantha.

So hopefully they'll provide some inspiration whilst she works; and if she gets peckish, she can have a little much on Forget-Me-Not and Greater Stitchwort.

#edible wild flowers #Forget-me-not #Greater Stitchwort

http://www.foundfood.com/edible-desk-pretties/
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Given the time of year, we all know that the countryside is full of green and flowers, I was out looking for edibles when I came across these edible hedgerow beauties, so I thought I'd share these spring flowers with you.

Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) spring flowers

First up is the Wych Elm. This tree, with one of the prettiest flower bunches over also has a great many uses.

#Forget-me-not #Greater Stitchwort #Primrose #spring flowers #Wych Elm #foundfood

http://www.foundfood.com/hedgerow-beauties-edible-spring-flowers/
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The Apiaceae family, formerly Umbellifers, also known as the carrot family, is the one that scares me the most. The simple reason is that whilst there are many edible species in the family, there are also a few deadly ones; And the worst part is that they look very similar.

#Apiaceae #Cow Parsley #hemlock #poison #Umbellifer #foundfood #forage #foraging

http://www.foundfood.com/getting-confident-with-the-apiaceae-family-hemlock-conium-maculatum/
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Strictly speaking, this post isn't about foraging as such, more like plant identification. The key point is this: You need to be able to positively identify plants in order to be able to forage for them. However, if you don't live near the great outdoors, you can practice your plant ID anyway.

For example, just around the corner from my house is a small patch of ground in front of some houses.

#forage #foundfood #foraging #eatingweeds

http://www.foundfood.com/forage-close-to-home/
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I've come to the conclusion that I need to live somewhere else. I find bits and pieces of interest near where I live, but there re much richer environments out there. My wife took me away to Ross-on-Wye for the weekend (she knows I love the Wye Valley), and we went for a walk along the Wye, just South of Symonds Yat.

http://www.foundfood.com/forage-wye-valley/
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Some of you already know how I feel about litter in our beautiful countryside, so this litter rant won't come as too much of a surprise to you. I went out for a quick walk in the Lee Valley Park this lunchtime and the litter was appalling.

It was only a short walk, out and back; So on the way out I saw all the litter and when I turned around I decided I'd do something about it.

http://www.foundfood.com/litter-rant/
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Earlier this week, my free tree seeds from the Woodland Trust arrived. So I got up early this morning and starting growing trees.

I can't wait to see the results.

Woodland Trust tree varieties

Apparently, the seeds include Rowan, Dog Rose, Alder Buckthorn and Holly. Although there did seem to be a lot of seeds. I may have been unwittingly planting debris that came in the packet! At least I can be sure I didn't miss any seeds.

#FoundFood #Tree #WoodlandTrust

http://www.foundfood.com/growing-trees-woodland-trust/
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