Spring In The Forest

I thought I’d share a few photos of what’s springing up in our forest.

This is Snowdrop (Galanthus). Not native to America, as far as I know, but sure growing in sweeps in our woods! In Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies Of The Winter, The lovely Snowdrop is the first to herald the spring soon to come.

Snowdrops In The Forest – photo by Jane
Snowdrop Fairy art by Cicely Mary Barker

The Song Of The Snowdrop Fairy

Deep sleep the winter,
Cold, wet and grey;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.
Wait the world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!

I cannot tell you how much the Flower Fairies (the original books as well as their spin-offs) have inspired several girls I know to learn about herbs!

If you love fairies and flowers, or have kids in your life who do, you might want to take a look at those books.  In our house these are favorites (full disclosure — we are a Powells Bookstore partner):

Flower Fairies Of The Spring
by Cicely Mary BarkerHardcover
Powells.com

 

Here are a few other herbs coming up just now.  Someday I’ll have to draw these fairies!  I have a feeling they won’t be very Victorian … we do live in the Pacific Northwest, in the 21st century …!

Cleavers (aka Bedstraw) – photo by Jane
Nettle – photo by Jane

I’m harvesting both Nettle and Cleavers to make vinegars, tinctures, and to dry for teas/infusions. I’ll write more about their qualities another time!

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