I am rather lucky to live in a village which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and I like to take full advantage of it. I cannot think of anything better to do then cycle down country lanes with the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, and cows staring at me like I’m crazy!
There’s still so many wild flowers around and I noticed some pink fox gloves, some red campion, buttercups, hog-weed (be careful as this can be toxic!) and even a beautiful yellow iris hidden in a ditch. It really is amazing that such beauty can grow almost anywhere, even in a roadside ditch! I cut a stem of each so I can put them in my flower press, I really want to start making a scrapbook of all my findings and countryside adventures and I think these pressed flowers would look beautiful inside a book which I could cherish forever.
The hedgerows are starting to come alive and the elderflower is abundant this year. I noticed a few on my bicycle ride but there is a particular place I go to forage for this delicious little flower so I am gathering up my recipes and waiting for an evening to go picking. I only managed to make some cordial, champagne and jam last year so I’m on the hunt for more elderflower recipes to try.
Last year I found some cherry plum trees nestled behind some garages and we managed to catch them just in time, they were turned into some jam and the most delicious tart I have ever tasted. I like to cycle round to the trees to see how they are getting on and I’m pleased to say the little fruits are fattening up quite nicely, I’ll be there ready with the baskets soon enough!