the botanical foragers united society inc
I seem to have developed something of a reputation amongst my instagram friends. A little botanical snip here, and a wee cutting there while out walking, and quicker than I can whip out my secateurs, I am labelled, branded. I am a forager.
The dictionary, rather unhelpfully, defines foraging as ‘rummaging for what one wants’. I feel the need to quickly clarify things – I definitely don’t go rummaging in just anyone’s garden and help myself to their flowers, no matter how much I might want them. My husband might refer to my foraging as stealing, but I promise in all good conscience, that I prefer to think of it as a kind of urban gardening for the general benefit of our public spaces.
It all started with a blossom tree. A blossom tree that was in no man’s land. Rather overgrown and hidden amongst the undergrowth. Completely camouflaged and overlooked until it suddenly burst into bloom with the most beautiful coral-coloured blossom. I drove past it, not once, but many, many times. It was so beautiful! After not much soul-searching, I persuaded my friend, and partner in foraging crime, Jan, to come with me on a little Sunday walk. Whereupon, with secateurs in bag, we just happened to wander past said blossom tree and give it a helpful little prune.
The rest, as they say, is foraging history. Bragging about it on Instagram (it was very photogenic blossom) sealed my fate, and my reputation.
And so, I’ve formed a little society. If you can’t beat a reputation you may as well live up to it don’t you agree? The Botanical Foragers United Society Inc. is now open for membership. I know that I’m not alone in my foraging exploits. And the initiation to my society is not difficult. Blame me next time you fancy that little sprig of scented geranium poking through a fence. Or pick that self-seeded cow parsley on the side of the road. Or gather a little wild Queen Anne’s Lace from the town belt.
Especially blame me as you excitedly style your foraged ahem flora and take a little photo as a memento, and post it on your online Instagram journal using the hashtag #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc The Society makes it all legitimate n’est pas? I’m even thinking that a little badge would be nice! Society goals – although as of writing 2083 images have now been tagged to my little society. I definitely know I am not alone!
(styling & photography Amanda Holland for perfectly imperfect living)