When the weather is right: meaning lots of heat, rain, and misquitos, that is the time for Black Trumpets. Win Knowlton, a mushroom expert, aided me as we went hunting. We found our first Black Trumpets and Boletus in the most beautiful glade where the primary residents are owls. It was an unforgettable summer of foraging with Elaine Tin Nyo, Mike Ballou, and Win cooking and even drying the trumpets for further use. Win was kind enough to be our guinnea pig and test the mushrooms first. No ill effects were expeirienced, just great eating.
The seedings and the Dahlia Tubers are poking their heads up through the soil. They will soon become part of the new generation of the Bouquet project; an ongoing theraputic project that started when I worked as a horiticultural therapist at Belvue Hospital. The project is based off of clinical research in providing benifits that fresh cut flowers in the home provide.
“A behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present in the home.”