Incredible flavors – late May in the northern forest

Spring goes on and the most incredible time in the boreal forest begins in the last decade of May. In my earlier post, I wrote about middle May, when the trees made shadow in the understory. It is not rare when hot days come to the north in late May. The ground still has enough water and all herbs grow very fast. Leaves of chevril and ground elder raise up, shoots of fireweeds appear from the soil. Latest trees, the aspen and the linden, show leaves making more and more shadow on the ground.…

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Spruce – amazing ordinary tree

Everybody knows the spruce tree. There are about 35-40 species of spruce in the world, but all they can be easily recognized by pyramidal shape and evergreen needles. You can meet spruce trees everywhere in the world, but naturally, they live in boreal forests and in the mountains. That’s funny, in non-English speaking countries many people don’t even know English word ‘spruce’, they call it as ‘Christmas tree’ instead. But did you know, that spruce tree is not only a Christmas decoration?…

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