I had the pleasure of taking a tour through an urban garden in Ottawa. Here are some photos. Thank-you to Ed Kulka for the notes.
purslane: ground cover or traditional edible weed
Henry David Thoreau wrote: “I have made a satisfactory dinner off a dish of purslane which I gathered and boiled. Yet men have come to such a pass that they frequently starve, not from want of necessaries, but for want of luxuries.”
tomatillo: or Mexican husk tomato often used in salsa verde
petit pain squash
black currant bush with berries. Leaves also used as a tea.
garden huckleberry (Solanum scabrum) with some black (mature) berries
nasturtium: orange flower used in salads
borage: only herb with an edible blue flower
oregano (pink flower)
garden sage (Salvia officinalis)
cilantro: also called coriander
cilantro with still green coriander seed
mustard greens: generic term for a variety of spicy salad greens in the mustard family
sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke, a member of the sunflower family. Produces an edible tuber smaller but similar to a potato. There are both wild and cultivated varieties.
lovage flower: the leaves are used as a soup herb and the seeds can be used as a spice.
orange cherry tomatoes (indeterminate). They flower and produce for the full season until first frost.
Italian sweet basil
reishi (Jap.) or Ling Chi (Chinese) the mushroom of immortality. This is a traditional medicinal mushroom usually dried, powdered and and drunk as a tea. Photo shows the mushrooms in the antler stage before flattening out into the mature bracket /polypore/conk stage
pink oyster mushrooms in the primordia stage before they expand into full mushrooms
VEGETABLE and FRUIT PORTRAITS
These are works by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527 – 1593)