The common wood sorrel...I use the leaves for that li'l bit of tang in fish curries. And sometimes I pick the mauve blooms to add that splash of colour inside the house! The leaves are also used to scrub and polish brass utensils and other decorative objects. The acid content brings a lovely shine to brass. The spouse bought these from local growers recently. These were really sweet and went into making juice. I added the juice of fragrant lemons and crushed mint (not in this pic- ture). Swirls of heaven----in a glass! Guavas from a tree that's bearing fruit for the second year now. Just a few to be picked in a day but for a family of four, it's enough. THe crows get there first and against them, other birds don't stand a chance! Looks can be so deceptive! These pretty wild berries are extremely sour. Not only that, the moment you're done with the pulp(?) and you get to the seed you realise it's bitter! My husband bought them because they're so pretty. Doesn't beauty work like that? In some cases knowing fully well it's worth nothing,you still fall victim to it!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau