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Pickings

Pickings

Picking, digging, barking etc.

Photo: Basket.

A basket of St. John's wort and musk mallow. Perheniemi, Finland. Picked. 2006-07-10.

Photo: Picea pungens.

Spring shoots of blue spruce and dwarf mountain pine in a basket. Tapanila, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2006-06-21.

Photo: Syringa vulgaris 5.

Flowers, picked. Tapanila, Helsinki, Finland. Picked 2006-06-06.

Mesiangervon keruu.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: Vältä kukkahämähäkkiä!

Photo: Rhodiola rosea 14.

A dug-up plant with sliced-up roots. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-09-28.

Photo: Populus balsamifera.

Dried leaf buds - just in case somebody is still trying to sell fluffy poplar sweepings as "balm of gilead" buds. That's fluff, this is the real thing. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2005-09-28.

Dried yellow dock.

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Henriette's herbal blog: Airdried vs. dehydrator-dried yellow dock root.

Photo: Solidago virgaurea 5.

Dried flowerstalk, all fluffy and brown. That's what drying solidagos do, don't throw them out ... Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2005-08-03.

Photo: Rumex crispus 1.

Dehydrator-dried roots (yellowish) and airdried roots (dark reddish-brown). Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2005-08-01.

Photo: Solidago virgaurea 3.

Flowering tops on a dehydrator tray. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-07-28.

Photo: Solidago virgaurea 4.

Flowering tops on a dehydrator tray. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-07-28.

Photo: Alcea ficifolia 5.

Flowers in a basket. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-07-25.

Drying chamomile.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: Usually, people pick just the flowers.

Photo: Matricaria recutita 5.

Chamomile needs to be dried on cloth or similar, as the strongest part of the flower, the yellow bit, tends to fall to pieces - you can hang it up in bundles, but you'll lose much of the strength of it. The herb is of course dried in a shady spot indoors. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-07-06.

Epilobium.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: It's easy to pick great willowherb in quantity.

Photo: Valeriana officinalis 5.

Taxonomy extra:
Root, dug up. It's really very tiny, and makes you wonder how the plant stays upright. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2005-05-27.

Time of picking.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: So it's "pick your herbs in the morning on a sunny day, after the dew has evaporated."

Cleaning roots.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: It's best to use water when cleaning roots.

Picking horsetail.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: Picking and using horsetail.

Calendula flowers.

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Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: You can get good calendula flowers in bulk from the UK.

Photo: Allium tuberosum 3.

Fresh cut stalks. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Storebought. 2004-11-27.

Photo: Allium tuberosum 2.

Fresh cut stalks. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Storebought. 2004-11-27.

Photo: Calendula officinalis 25.

Dried flowers. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2004-11-23.

Crataegus update

Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: Now the berries are dried.

Photo: Crataegus 11.

Taxonomy extra:
Dried berries. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2004-11-15.

Crataegus - hawthorn

Problems:
Henriette's herbal blog: Picking the berries is a picknick, sometimes. Processing them isn't.

Photo: Crataegus 10.

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A closer look at split berries. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2004-11-05.

Photo: Crataegus 8.

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A basket of berries, with two leaves. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2004-11-05.

Photo: Coreopsis tinctoria 12.

African marigold (Tagetes) and dyer's coreopsis (Coreopsis) flowers in a basket. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Picked. 2004-09-17.

Photo: Allium sativum 18.

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Fresh softneck garlic, plaited. Annala, Helsinki, Finland. Processed. 2004-09-12.

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