Bayberry candles are my absolute fave and making the connection between your favorite scent and a native plant that grows in all the most familiar land is a great feeling. Fruits are produced in fall and winter, which means I really need to get a move on, although I have terribly pervasive memories of the Rabbithole in march smelling so strongly of Myrica, not being able to see the fruits or leaves in the darkness, but just KNOWING. Dried bayberries can also be put in a pepper mill and crushed for seasoning the same way Vitex angus-castus (monk’s pepper) is traditionally used.
In addition to this bayberry retreval mission, dandelions have started popping up everywhere. Even around the Organic Garden’s corners (pretty much the only place I can garuntee doesn’t use herbicide! Besides maybe the Nature Reserve. But that is counter-intuitive). I feel there’s enough for one batch of oatmeal-honey-dandelion cookies from this adorable website here.