on potting nettles

To the amazement of many a guest, one of my most exuberant potted plants was a beautiful and sometimes enormous nettle. The past tense is because I don't have potted plants at the moment... what I do have is access to clean and organic nettle to harvest as much as I want. And there seems…

docking the burrs

Ah, thistles...  such beautiful plants.  Stubborn, humble and loud.  Their punk-like flowers come in all sizes, and remind me of that most coveted of lands... I came across burdock—specifically the "Greater Burdock", Arctium lappa—very soon after arriving in Europe, when I looked into my first european herbal in search of a natural hair tonic.  Unfortunately,…

comeflor – capers (but not the frolicking type)

I've been called a comeflor. Often. It's a venezuelan word –which you probably won't find in many dictionaries- literally translatable as "flower-eater", and meaning naïve or idealist. I guess it comes from believing -probably quite naïvely- that idealists sit in contemplation while munching on the sexual organs of plants. In any case, I was rightly…