Wild Lily of the Valley and Deer Ferns

Deer Ferns - fiddle heads are delish! Wild Lily of the Valley - skin medicine - good for cuts, bug bits, bruises and sore muscles
Deer Ferns – fiddle heads are delish!
Wild Lily of the Valley – skin medicine – good for cuts, bug bits, bruises and sore muscles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two lovely plants show us how nature has its own companion planting systems at work and the beauty of how they support one another, rather than taking anything away from each other.

Deer ferns (Blechnum spicant), are so lovely, they are found throughout the Pacific Northwest Coastal regions wherever you find rain forests. they are found closer to wet zones than dry zones. These ferns do not get very tall. They get about 2/3’s up your shins towards your knees, (or up to your knees if you are a smaller person than average, or a child). The tiny little reddish fiddleheads are simply delish! I enjoy eating them fresh off the plants as I pick them. Not everyone does, but i sure do!

Wild Lily of the Valley (Maianthemum canadense), is a wondrous plant that grows throughout rain forests in the same places that you find ferns. They are great as an instant bandaid for cuts and wounds, and bug bites. Spider bites included. They have heart shaped leaves and are a deep green. they grow about 3-5 inches high at the most, and have an underground runner root system. once you have a few, you have a network eventually. they grow in groups. never alone. They have similar healing qualities to frog leaf… aka: common plantain (Plantago major).

These two little lovely fairy forest plants are amongst many in forests where there are few to no invasive species, but they are seriously at risk from extinction from such plants as English Ivy (Hedera helix), and Himlayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) and Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), to name a few.

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Published by: T'uy'tanat - Cease Wyss

Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss Inter-disciplinary Artist Mediums/Formats: Digital Media Web Installations Public Art Community Based/Engaged Dialogues Storytelling Medicine Gathering Sharing Traditional Knowledge Creating and Building Communities Land and Wetlands Restoration and Remediation Collective and Collaborative Processes I am a mom of a lovely grown up daughter, [who is pursuing her life ambitions and passions], and I do a bunch of cool things that i dig. I like honest and passionate people who work hard at their goals and ambitions, and I tend to steer away from folks who are not pulling in the canoe , but rather just along for the ride. I am honest and I try to be humble, but I am human. I make mistakes and I learn from them and move on. I love plants. I love nature and all that we are gifted through Grandmother Nature and Grandfather Rocks. I am hoping to share information that I tend to share on a regular basis, about the work i do with plants. This includes forests and gardens, as I spend most of my outdoor time in these places. I spend as much time outdoors as I am able to. I work as an eco tourist guide in the spring/summer/fall months in the local forests and waterways surrounding Vancouver. My family is predominately Coast Salish, with Hawaiian roots from close to 100 years back. My father came from Europe, he is Swiss. My Indigenous cultural roots are my strengths, and I honour and feel ok about my European roots and draw positive elements from there too. I love all the culture in my life, and the unique histories stemming from each. I have lived a rich cultural life in my traditional territories, working, learning, teaching, living, gathering medicines, creating art, building communities, and striving for a better living in other ways. I have a creative soul and I live to create things.... both beautiful and not so beautiful. Complicated things and simple things. That is Art. It is a spirit that calls me and begs me to play at late hours of the night, or early hours of the day... or several days at a time. It is a big part of my soul. As is my inner Plant Diva.....I have a need to feed both these parts of my soul, and I hope this blog will help people learn more about why Mother Earth is so important, and how easy it is for us all to live better by taking care of our collective home and Mom, while taking care of ourselves. My wellness approach is simple... Love who you are and where you come from, and you will love where you are going. If you don't feel the love for yourself and your personal roots, or simply don't know your roots.... find the Love in Yourself. Redefine yourself and your world. But find your inner love, and feed it. And feed yourself while you're at it! Grow some food, barter for some food, make art, compost. and Please Help save the Bees and other pollinators. Thank you if you are already on top of it. I am a plant picker and grower and gatherer, so I started this blog as I have received so many requests from so many folks who have wanted me to do this for a long time. I hope you enjoy what I have to share. I do plant walks all the time, throughout the year and in many places. I see this is an online interactive medicine walk. I hope you enjoy the blog. And please consider booking me for walks and talks... I do interactive plant walks with teas before/during or after. :) my contact info is located below. Please leave comments and give me feedback. :) Peace out

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