first flowering wood anemones & time to gather birch sap

Sunday. Almost like a summers day. Tula helped me in the garden, digging. Lots of butterflies out in the sun already. Found some yummy weeds (leaves and flowers of daisies and tiny ground elder leaves)and had in the salad for lunch. Today we saw the first wood anemones flowering in the garden. Another first class sign of spring.
Reminds me of the nice pictures Per Ranung took about a year ago:

Spring is early this year – already high time to gather birch sap (see how-to-do instructions from last spring). About a week earlier than last year!

Here is another of Per Ranungs photos, interior of the wolf cot:

5 Comments

  • Amol says:

    my husband & I have been bykaacrd sugaring in central Michigan for 6years. It’s all been trial and error! One thing you do not want to do is boil sap inside your house! Unless you want to re-do your walls. As for where to tap your trees, look for a big branch on the south side of the tree and tap below it. We tap about 2 feet off the ground so we don’t have to lift heavy buckets. Our first year we used the turkey fryer to boil sap since we didn’t have any other means. It worked very well. Now we us a stainless pan over a firepit.

  • Sami says:

    I do volunteer work for our local nautre center. I’m sad to say we only have one week left of Maple Syrup season. We have school field trips come out several time a week. I get to intrepid both the Native American, Pioneer and sometimes co-lead depending on how big of class and the other volenteers. I can’t believe this is my forth year, I never stick with anything that long! LOL. We tap between 30 and 40 trees each year, mostly the old way with metal buckets, lids with good old metal spiles put in with a drill and spile driver. These are my favorite school programs as they seem a little less structured. We generally produce 5 or 6 gallons of syrup depending on the weather. With the warm winter we have had it will be interesting to see how much of a change in production. The center does use the syrup through the year for pancake breakfast during special community programs. Oh yea, and we volenteers get a pint to a quart for our efforts. Yum!

  • Vanja says:

    Tack gode gud för Naturkompaniets kundtidning så att jag hittade hit. :)
    Vilken inspirationskälla ni är, och vilket välbefinnande det ger att titta på era bilder!
    Ha en fortsatt skön vecka!

  • k says:

    lovely – my mom always speaks fondly of the little anemones growing in her homeland of Denmark; i have seen them only once on one of my own visits there. here on the west coast of Canada we have lots of spring time flowers popping up in the woods too now.

  • so beautiful. our maple sap has stopped running early, a light year. i would love to taste birch.

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