Location: Warsaw, Ochota, Rakowiec: Railway tracks
In the fall, this tree will give us bittersweet fruit. Right now, just enjoy the amazing, intoxicating scent of the flowers!
JAM SESSION : Niech będzie dżem (english below)
Pixxe i SFY Warszawa zapraszają na wspólne dżemowanie!
Wydarzenie będzie miało bardzo lokalny wymiar, ponieważ będziemy przetwarzać wyłącznie owoce zebrane na terenie Warszawy.
Warsztat poprowadzi Jodie Baltazar, artystka i animatorka, zajmująca się różnorodnymi projektami z pogranicza jedzenia/sztuki/miejskiego ogrodnictwa.
KIEDY:sobota, 14.09 12.00
GDZIE: Osiedle Jazdów, Jazdów 10/6 (za ambasadą niemiecką, przy przedszkolu) Finskie Domki
WSTĘP: Nie ma opłaty za wstęp, za to każdy będzie mógł wykupić swój słoik dżemu za 4 złote (czy ile możesz)
Wydarzenie odbędzie się w ramach inicjatywy Otwarty Jazdów: https://www.facebook.com/event
JAM SESSION! LET THERE BE JAM!
Make jam from ‘wild’ fruit
Pixxe and Slow Food Youth Warsaw invite you to collaborate jam-making!
This jam will be superlocal — all of the fruit will be collected from trees and bushes growing right here in Warsaw.
We have kilos upon kilos of Antonówki (Atonovka) apples and we are going to preserve them this Sunday right at the Pixxe Garden. Come along and bring a jar so that you can take some home! 23.09.2012. 15.00-17.00. The garden is located on Racławicka between Grójecka and Sierpienskiego. Directions to the Garden here.
Mamy dużo jabłek Antonówki i będziemy je zkonserwowali w tę niedzielę na działce Pixxe. Przyjdź i przynieś słoik, żeby zabrać trochę z tobą do domu! 23.09.2012. 15.00-17.00. Na ul. Racławicka między Grójecką i Sierpieńskiego. Kierunki tutaj.
I’m very excited because today I found out that the trees which I thought were Alders were in fact Hazels. Edible. Delicious.
Yesterday a friend of mine said she saw a Hazel tree in the back of the garden and when I went to check it out, I realized that I had been thinking all this time it was an Alder. I was so busy with planting that I haven’t had a chance to check out the leaves and flowers that are springing up everywhere! Fortunately I didn’t cut down any of the so-thought Alder. If this little fellow was a Hazel, then that would mean I have dozens of Hazel trees on the działka. We love hazelnuts!
I asked my gracious and gentlemanly neighbor, “Is this tree a Hazel (Orzech Laskowy)?” He said yes. There are two massive bunches growing between the slow compost pile which hang well into his garden. He said nuts abound. In fact I had seen nuts on the ground nearby, but they were very degraded–I thought they were acorns. Huh. Now that I know the truth, it seems obvious.
The Hazel is pretty much an overgrown bush. The bark is fairly smooth with distinctive lenticels, or little ridges, spattered about. Most of the trees here are pretty old, I think, and still the trunks are not very thick, the widest being perhaps 15cm / 6in. Of course there are quite a few young trees as well, and the bark on a young tree doesn’t look that different from an older tree. Dozens upon dozens of shoots spring up from the branches in the spring–I used them to make a fence. They are very flexible and long.
Sadly, this year these trees don’t have any catkins or flowers. The only thing I see are male catkins from last year and a cool half-birth hazelnut that never fell off the tree. My neighbor said that the tree gives nuts off and on, every other year. If I understood him properly, always an uncertainty, he said that they gave nuts this past year and this year they probably won’t. Sadness.
It’s interesting how, once you identify a plant, it seems to be everywhere. I just saw a huge grove of Hazels this morning in Stare Włochy. They popped out at me. I didn’t see any buds on these either, so maybe it’s still too early to tell if the ones on the działka will give fruit this year.
It’s difficult to identify trees at all, but especially difficult in winter. It’s March so obviously there are no leaves. I start with the easy ones. I’ve figured out that the one in the picture below must be a walnut. There are a lot of walnuts on the ground for one thing, but also the walnut branch has a very unique chambered pith inside the branches. There are three of these fellows. Huge, healthy looking things:
There are also three fruit trees–I think either pear or apple. This being Poland, most likely they are apple. One looks pretty healthy although in desperate need of pruning. The other two don’t look so good. In fact half of one of them is on the ground. The other one is half missing. They are all full of dead branches, crossing branches; they look miserable.
There is also a mystery tree. I think it might be a plum because I found some pits under it, but the pits are few and look like they’ve been there a long time. Maybe it no longer gives fruit. Some vines are strangling it.
There are also trees that I think must be cherry–cherry pits on the ground, dark peeling bark. But what kind of cherry? Two choices: wild cherry (czereśnia) or regular cherry (wiśnia). Three look pretty healthy and two are completely dead.
There are also many small alder, which is great because they improve the soil, and many ash trees, some of which will be removed because they block the southern exposure and are crowding the only healthy apple tree. There are a few other trees I can’t identify yet.