He had often, with Baloo's help, robbed bees' nests in single trees, and he knew that the Little People hated the smell of wild garlic
. So he gathered a small bundle of it, tied it up with a bark string, and then followed Won-tolla's blood-trail, as it ran southerly from the Lairs, for some five miles, looking at the trees with his head on one side, and chuckling as he looked.
The flavour of wild garlic
is something akin to garlic, spinach and also spring onion.
There's only one onion you grow its foliage and that's wild garlic
. deep green leaves make a handsome carpet and when its starry white flowers open above them it is even more arresting.
Left, a male orange tip butterfly feeding on wild garlic
in Heworth Dene, by Michael Connor
Q Is there much difference between garlic and wild garlic
"We can get wood sorrel and wild garlic
up in Artists' Valley, or any of the valleys around here: that's abundant.
And if you have some veggie guests to stay with you, Jim Dobson, award-winning chef at the Fox and Hounds, Llancarfan, has conjured up a delicious gnocchi with wild garlic
Dear Diarmuid My niece lives in Hastings in East Sussex and her front garden is inundated with wild garlic
. It's coming up all over the lawn and in the flower beds, as well as all around the rose roots.
INGREDIENTS About 1 kilo of potatoes 1 red onion 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes 2 good handfuls of wild garlic
6 slices of dry cured back bacon Good glug of olive oil Sprinkle of white wine vinegar Salt and pepper METHOD Wash and cut the potatoes into decent bite sized pieces and boil them in salted water until cooked.
season is in full swing now and it is growing in abundance.
A FORTNIGHT ago I finished the London Marathon, which I ran on behalf of Childline, and during my many miles of training in the countryside I came across fields of one of the most undiscovered vegetables that grows in abundance near streams - wild garlic
is a charming sight in the woodlands but not so much fun when it invades your garden.