This one I love. Haven’t been feeling very inspired the last couple of days, but last night I saw the bracken in the north yard, and felt the movement it provides, and also the spores on the underside of the leaves. I did a search on it, and found a well written article from the Atlantic about whether one should eat it or not. Apparently it has confirmed carcinogenic properties, but is widely eaten in Japan and Korea. Blanching, shocking in ice water, and then cooking the fronds greatly reduces the poisonous content of ptalquiloside. With a name like that though, I think I’ll use them for mandalas, not dinner.

Hydrangeas, bracken fern, larkspur, osteospermum, nasturtium petals

I spent a couple of hours yesterday at the CLAM neighborhood design meeting for the old Coast Guard property. CLAM, the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin, is working on a neighborhood renewal process and you can read about it at coastguardhousing.com. The meeting gave an overview of the project, provided people with a chance to tour the property and go inside a few of the residences. There’s another meeting next Sunday from 4-6 pm, which will focus on getting ideas and input from community members. I came away excited, energized, and impressed by the team that’s working on the project.

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