- Lemon Verbena Fact Sheet
- Lemon Verbena Recipes
- List of Perennial Herbs
- A List of Annual Herbs
- A List of Tender Perennial Herbs
- A List of Edible Flowers and Ten Rules for Eating Them
- A Partial List of Nonedible or Poisonous Flowers
- Links to Guest Posts for Mother Earth Living Magazine
- Shakespearean Garden Designs and Selected Additional Information!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
When we planned our 30 year celebration earlier this year, I knew that the herb garden was not going to be tended for over three weeks. I had to let the garden go and just hope we got enough rain and sun.
On the other hand, The Herbal Husband does a lot of the planting for me. And he has decided to move plants in that I would not have ordinarily planted. Other plants are volunteers. Looking at the garden this morning, I was sort of depressed. I just can't embrace it as my garden anymore. I think it might need a Bobcat! A new blog called The Herbal Husband's Herb Garden maybe?
Monday, September 4, 2017
You may have wondered about me and my blogging. Well, The Herbal Husband and I took advantage of having friends to visit in Europe and spent 24 wonderful days in The Netherlands, England and France celebrating (early) 30 years of marriage. That's how my August flew by! So here are a few view of our trip and hopefully I will be inspired to blog a bit more later.
I have so many photos to go through. I still have my trip in 2016 to finish! I am way way behind! Hopefully you will hear from me soon. Yet I still have joy in my stitching. Happy Labor Day to my fellow Americans. Talk to you later.
|Pride Week In Amsterdam!|
|The Harbor in Monnickendam, The Netherlands|
|A Scone Sandwich!|
|The Geffrye Herb Garden!|
|Afternoon Tea at the Claridges!|
|Strawberry Soup Celebration!|
|A Parisian Vertical Garden!|
|A Laundry Cart|
|And an Elevator!|
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
|After 25 Years It Is Finished!|
And where did July go? I can't believe I am writing this in August. We have had a lot of rain. Two inches in one day and then an inch here and there. Many people in the tri-state area were flooded. It has been a disastrous summer for them. The weeds are growing nicely though. One of my Facebook friends had a poster that reads: Pardon the weeds, I'm feeding the bees! Thank God for the bees! So I hope you are having a great day wherever you may be. I will talk to you later.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
|A Very Early Bloom on My Favorite!|
So I have linked her blog here in this post and in my favorite blogs in the U.S. Hopefully, I will get some time to sit down and read the entire blog. Looks like I have a bunch of reading to do Mia from 2014, but I think I will enjoy doing it and I will probably learn a ton about our favorite, lemon verbena. Glad you found me Mia! I am very delighted you did!
Since I talked about an Herb Companion post or two last post, I will give you links to my favorite posts about lemon verbena here: In 2009 I did a post called The Lemon Verbena Lady's Favorite Herb. In 2010 I did a post called A Summertime Favorite: Lemon Verbena Jelly. In 2011 I did a post called The Lemon Verbena Tales: New Pests and Harvesting Tips. In 2012 I did a post called The Herbal Harvest: 3 Lemon Verbena Recipes. So that should give you few thoughts about my favorite in one place.
Here in the 'Burgh, IT IS STILL RAINING! I have made a box of raspberry jam already. We are supposed to have our last day of rain tomorrow and then we are to dry out. I got the great news that my coverlet is finished and so Monday I will pick it up and hopefully show it to you then. Hope you had a great day in your herb garden. Ours is a jungle at the moment! Talk to you soon.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
|The Elecampane Has Started to Flower!|
|The Elecampane Made a Statement at Val Jonais!|
The rain just continues to fall and the ickies and stickies are back. I have made several batches of raspberry jam already. So there is a silver lining in the rain. Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be. I will talk to you later.
Friday, July 7, 2017
|Butterfly Bush Starting to Bloom!|
|My Favorite is Blooming This Season. Second Year Plant in the Ground!|
|Swordleaf Elecampane, a Shorter Version of Elecampane!|
|Echinacea, a Staple in the Herb Garden|
|Monarda Blooming in Time for the Fourth!|
|I Thought This Monarda Was a Lighter Color Last Year!|
|Really 'Hot Papaya' Echinacea!|
|'Hall's Pink' at the Mailbox|
|The Really Big and Tall Elecampane!|
|After 27 Years in the Stash Box, Three Herbal Bouquets Finished!|
|An Apple Tree Ornament!|
|A Christmas Lantern Ornament!|
|The Start of Jam Season!|
We do have some butterflies and bees, but they are not as present as in other years. I think that has to do with all of the rain we are getting. Hopefully starting tomorrow, we will have a few dry days so that the butterflies and bees will be visiting.
One of my friends asked on Facebook if Monarda reblooms. Yes, if you pick the petals off and keep the head intact, the flowers will rebloom. You can use the petals in salads or dry them to put in your tea blends. The leaves of the monarda do get mildew in this area and once the blooming has finished you can cut the leaves back and it will generate a new crop of mildew free leaves. My two different varieties of elecampane are blooming. The small one is in the herb garden and the large one is back in the flower bed I began last season. I like the large enough to get more for next year. I think I will continue to go big in the back beds and let plants take over. Elecampane doesn't take over, but it does have a large presence.
I have been concentrating on my stitching because of the heat, humidity and rain. As you can see, I have completed the three herbal bouquets from cross stitch magazines that are from 1990! They each took about two weeks to finish. Very excited! I am also working on some small projects including the Christmas ornaments shown above. Very happy and fulfilled to be stitching again.
And the raspberries have started to produce and I have already made two batches of jam. Really raspberries are like clockwork. I made my first batch of jam around the same time last season. Christmas presents will include jam this year. So hope you have had a great season so far in your herb garden. Let me know what you are up to! Also as always, I am up for any herbal questions you may have. Hope you are having a fabulous day wherever you may be. Talk to you later.
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Photo Above is Double White Feverfew! Borage Flowers, A Bee Favorite!|
|Clary Sage, Lamb's Ears and White Rose Campion in Bloom!|
|Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'|
|Calendula and Golden Feverfew!|
|One of My Favorites, Golden Feverfew!|
|The Pink 'Fairy' Rose is Outstanding!|
|The 'Hot Papaya' Echinacea Has Come Back|
|The Roadside Day Lilies Have Started Their Display!|
|Part of the Old Grape Arbor Made Into a New Entrance!|
|Another Part of the Grape Arbor Into the Front Garden!|
This is one of my favorite times in the garden. Lots of herbs are starting to bloom as you can see above. The bee balm will be in its glory for the fourth of July! Also wanted to show you the extra items The Herbal Husband made with the old grape arbor. I think they both add character to our already quirky garden.
We are having a surge in wildlife in the garden, including but not limited to, a groundhog (eating on the driveway), skunk (several sightings at night), possum (having dinner out of our recycling can), raccoon and yesterday a doe brought her two fawns with her for a visit plus the three or four feral cats that roam the gardens. It's a zoo!
Hope you are having a great day without rain! I have definitely had enough rain, but the weeds are enjoying the extra rain as always! Will talk to you later.
Monday, June 5, 2017
|My Purchases from Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve!|
|Basil in a Container Until the Temperatures Heat Up!|
|Beneficial Insect Found the Calendula Flower Right Away!|
|And So Too the Rue Flowers!|
|The Lemon Balm Scented Geranium is Flowering!|
|I Know I Have Written About This Rose! Can't Remember the Name!|
|The Yarrow is Blooming As Well!|
Well, well, well, June is busting out all over here in the 'Burgh! We have had so much rain over the past few weeks. Almost every day The Herbal Husband reports that we have received an inch of rain! My weeds are letting me know how good it is for them. I have voluminous amounts of weeds in the bad bag and still it keeps raining.
As you can see from the sampling of herbs and flowers in the photos, the rain has helped in great measure to liven up the landscape. The mild winter helped as well. I had verbena bonariensis come back from the plant itself. I think they generally self sow here. I have also lost some plants that I thought would come through. The French tarragon had two very tiny stalks. They didn't last. Although my Texas tarragon that was in a container in the basement all winter is flourishing! I thought a chocolate flower that never is hardy here, was going to make it through. Sadly it died. I also wanted to mention that we put the sweet basils I purchased into a container because we have not been consistently in the 80's in the daytime and the 60's at night. Basils do not enjoy cold soils! May was a beautiful month for gardens here and June is on pace to be equally as nice.
Hope you are having a great day in your herb garden and you will stop by from time to time to check out what is going on in my herb garden. I have started the process of cutting my chive blossoms. Make some chive blossom vinegar if you have some that haven't gone past! Just go out and enjoy the beauty of your herb garden every chance you get. You will get pleasure from growing fresh herbs! Talk to you soon!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
|The Angelica in Bloom!|
|'Linear Leaf' Thyme|
|Comfrey Attracting Bees!|
|Favorite Ladybug on Joe Pye Weed!|
|May Means Chives Are Blooming!|
|And A New Addition to the Garden!|
This has been an outstanding spring here in the 'Burgh! The Rhododendrons have been spectacular and everything else has as well and as always the weeds are surpassing size and tonnage. Of course, I was behind last year and it just keeps adding up! We are moving towards a wild forest like garden in the back. So the weeds will fit in?
All of the spring herbs are up and turning black from the four-lined plant bug! Ugh! Our abnormally warm winter hasn't deterred them. Some of my favorite spring herbs are pictured above. I also try to use my lovage plant before it flowers in our favorite chicken stew recipe. I love angelica because it is big and takes up space! I love dianthus because they are an edible flower and a lot of them smell of cloves. All of the thymes in flower attract bees. Comfrey is such a pretty plant in flower. And of course, chives and the herb omelets begin! Oh and I almost forgot to share my new favorite foxglove! Isn't it beautiful?
|This Apricot-Pink Digitalis Is My Favorite!|
As you can see by the last photo, we have a new addition to the garden, a new arbor for the grapes! It is long overdue. It is much shorter than the previous version, but maybe it will be more manageable. We are also planning to recycle some of the old arbor into features and entrances into the gardens. So stay tuned!
Tomorrow my herbal companion, Bonnie and I are taking a road trip to Ohio to buy some herbs! Always an exciting day. We have a rainy day here at the moment! I hope you are having a fabulous spring day wherever you may be. Have finished several cross-stitch projects and that has taken a lot of my time up. I also have been doing reading about herb garden design and the 2017 Herb of the Year, Cilantro/Coriander. Hopefully I will get my blogging hat on and will be blogging about those subjects and other topics that have been crying out for attention. Will talk to you sooner than later!