Ward House

what weed is this and other news

I am still on a weed kick but also had some fun shots to share.  What does one make when they burn the top of the cornbread?  A cornbread sun flower!  cornbread flower

A toad house from a favorite bowl that was Toad house by the grape vinesbroken.  =/

Now for the “What weed is   this and can I eat it” game.  A friend reviewed my pictures and identified one of these as mouse ear chickweed, which is edible. mouse ear chickeweed He was not sure if the other (with white blooms) is regular chickweed.

Common chickweed?

Common chickweed?

The last one is a succulent of some sort – not sure what.  It is not purslane (that I know of).  We do have some purslane that blooms purple flowers on a stalk, or at least I think it is purslane.  Guess I need to have the forestry person come visit and confirm?

Over the weekend we were able to finish the pallet fence and burned the brush pile.  We discovered numerous raspberry bushes that I will transplant.  Now to decide where to plant What succulent am I?thethe strawberries so they can grow and not be caught in foot traffic.

Rain has returned to Ashwood.  Not torrential just steady drizzle.  Where is that second rain barrell??  *sighs*

Oh, speaking of weeds, we also have violets, some of which actually bloom.  We are all familiar with the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, well, how ’bout “when life gives you violets, make jelly”.  Check out this link or this one.  Thank you Joyce Ann for a great idea – something is up with her blog and I cannot link to it.  =/

Now for some dandelion wine.  There are numerous sites that show recipes, some quite elaborate including wine making yeast and a collar (?).  This one looks more doable:

Dandelion wine does not require any special equipment to make. Just dandelions, some sugar and yeast, oranges and lemons, and pots to boil water in. This recipe uses cloves, which I think give it a nice touch. If you have dandelions around, give it a try!

  • 1 package dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 quarts dandelion blossoms
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped lemon peel
  • 6 cups sugar

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Set aside.

Wash the dandelion blossoms well. Put them in the water with the orange, lemon and lime juices. Add the cloves, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for an hour. Strain through filter paper (coffee filters work great). Cool. While still warm (but not hot), stir in the yeast.

Let stand overnight and pour into bottles. Allow uncorked bottles to set in a darkened place for three weeks. Then cork and store bottles in a cool place. Makes about 4 quarts.

Every site mentions that the wine will be less bitter if just the petals and none of the green or stem are included.  Flowers need to be picked at about mid day when fully open and can be frozen until one is ready to make wine.  Fermentation should occur at temps between room temperature and 50-59F.  Also the amount of sugar will determine how dry (or not) that wine becomes.  A similar recipe can be found here – I like how WikiHow explains racking and the above helpful hints.

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April 1, 2009 - Posted by | Cooking, Gardening, self sufficiency

2 Comments »

  1. I love trying to figure out my ‘weeds’ 🙂
    The one with the white flowers looks like a ‘cress’… peppery and edible. The one below looks kind of like a speedwell, but I’m not sure…

    Comment by Maria | April 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Sounds yummy to me! =) Now I just need to pick ~n~ nibble!
      Thanks Maria.

      Comment by Annette | April 2, 2009 | Reply


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