Alexanders, Smymium olusatrum, line the coastal paths at this time of year and this picture was taken close to Cromer last week. The Latin name means ‘parsley of Alexandria’ and all parts of the plant are edible. It is often confused with cow parsley (an old name is ‘horse parsley’) but the stems are much more robust and the leaves fleshy.

I haven’t been as busy lately with my art and textiles but did manage to make a few quick drawings in my sketchbook. These Alexanders always look interesting later on in the year when their brown stems and sculptural forms are great inspiration for embroidery projects.

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