Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pro Flower. They came very well wrapped and lots of instructions and information to make the flowers look good and last. So if you need flowers for a special occasion or just as a treat, try them. Well, we had a beautiful day in the 'Burgh and I was inside cleaning! The Herbal Husband was out watering the garden so I would have gotten wet weeding! He is sort of like a dog who hates the vacuum noise. I know he probably has more than selective hearing. He probably could use a hearing aid or two. Oh well, hope you are enjoying your day. Some of you are still without power and we are praying you are OK soon. Talk to you later.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
|Had to Make Blueberry Muffins for Breakfast!|
|The Herb Garden on My Birthday|
|A Candlelit Breakfast Table|
|Raspberries from the Garden in Our Fruit Bowl|
|Made Two Batches of Raspberry Jam|
|The Century Inn in Scenery Hill, PA|
|My First Course was Seared Scallops with Arugula Salad and Bacon!|
|A Tomato and Mozzarella Salad|
|A Lemon Tart for My Birthday|
|A Beautiful Sunset to End the Day|
Friday, August 26, 2011
|Tansy Blooming in My Garden|
|Getting Ready for the Tansy Workshop|
|Ant and Insect Repellent Bags|
|Kathleen Gips, Herbal Owner of the Village Herb Shop|
|A Fragrant Pet Pillow|
|Breaking Up Cinnamon Sticks!|
|Corn Cob Fixative Waiting for Essential Oil|
|Moth Chaser Closet Bags|
|The Beautiful Herb Garden at VHS|
|Look Out Kathleen, the Garlic Chives Will Take Over! Not On Your Watch!|
|Wish I Had Noticed That Truck!|
|Lots of Statuary and Bird Baths to Look At|
|The Edible Flowers Garden|
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) can be an invasive herb that should not be used as a culinary or medicinal plant. Never ingest tansy. It is toxic. Tansy contains thujone which is a relatively toxic compound, capable of inducing both convulsions and psychotic effects in human beings. If you have older herb books, they may have recipes using tansy. Please do not use those recipes. It was trial and error back in the early days and sometimes mostly error!
In the workshop today, we started by stripping the tansy leaves from the stems to make up 1/2 cup of material and added a couple of stems of lemongrass chopped up and placed half in one small muslin bag and the other half in another bag to make ant/insect repellent bags. They can be used on windowsills or any place where ants are getting inside your house. They are also known to repel flies. We also made a pet pillow (Bonnie took mine home for her kitties. I couldn't call The Herbal Husband a pet! Could I?) Then we also made a couple of moth chaser bags and they are already smelling the closets up nicely. Kathleen clips all of her very aromatic herbs through the season, drys them on trays in her dining room and then places them in bins to be used for her workshops. In this case, santolina, tansy, and southernwood to name a few.
In the link above, it talks about interplanting tansy with potatoes and that reduces the Colorado Potato Beetles by 60 to 100%. That sounds like a very good thing! They link the reduction in populations from the avoidance of the beetle to the essential oils of tansy. I would say if you are going to plant it, plant it in a back corner of your garden. It will take over in a short period of time. Tansy did attract ladybugs in all stages a few years ago when I wanted the tansy moved! Yikes! That was a dilemma!
So a few photos of the workshop and then the Village Herb Shop's lovely gardens. Kathleen has classes where you work in the gardens and learn about the herbs and how to maintain them. They may be just about over for the season. You can check out the Village Herb Shop to see what events are upcoming. They are definitely ready for Halloween! Hope you had a good day. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed for all of you on the east coast, especially all of my blogging friends up and down the United States. Please stay safe and blog when you can to let us know you are OK!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|A Castle Still Owned and Lived in by Generations of the Same Family!|
|A Beautiful Setting|
|Even a Moat with Koi!|
|A Storks' Nest on the Chimney!|
|A View to the Garden|
|The Rose Garden|
|One of The Herbal Husband's Favorites, A Fig Tree!|
|One of My Favorites Growing Beneath the Fig, Nasturtiums!|
|Part of the Perennial Border|
|A Boxwood Hedged Garden|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Italian caprese salad in the last issue. Hope you enjoy it. It was a beautiful day in the 'Burgh and I was sitting in Home Depot trying to get my door order straightened out! Ugh! That's all I have about that! Hope you had a great day! Talk to you later!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
artemisia tree I made last Christmas. Well, I got three bags full of artemisia this time so I think it may be even better than last year's. I'll let you in on a secret last year's is still in the dining room. The Herbal Husband thought it was a good every day decoration. Well, after how he decorates. Let me remind you if you have forgotten, The Herbal Husband's Holiday Decorating. So it is looking hopeful that I will have a much fuller Christmas tree or maybe we should call it an everyday tree this year. Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be. Talk to you later.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
My Affairs with Art & Daily Life and I have the same idea and it's all good, PeggyR! I know that they are tiger swallowtail butterflies and they have just been everywhere for us this year. They seem to love our butterfly bushes (good thing!) and there were about seven or eight the other evening flying around. You might have to click on the photo to get a better look. Hope you are having a great day! Need to go work on my list of things to do! Talk to you later.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Garden Maintenance Methods online by Tammi Hartung who wrote a book called Homegrown Herbs. Have it on my wishlist. She will be speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair on September 24 and 25 up at Seven Springs. I think I will be speaking there as well. Hope I get to meet her. Well, in a nutshell, she says to embrace weeding because in the end, it helps you and your herbs. Hope you had a great day. Sorry this is so late in the day. Been really busy. Talk to you later.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
|Rooster and Possibly the Chicken That Laid the Egg!|
|One of These Eggs is the One I Saw Laid!|
|My Favorite Dutch Herb, Basil!|
|Dragonfly on Rudbeckia|
I have so many stories to tell you of our fabulous vacation. We only had a few short days in The Netherlands and I got to see and experience so much including a chicken laying an egg!
Our Dutch hosts keep chickens and one rooster. I was relaxing on the back patio when one chicken came up to the corner of the garage and fluffed her feathers out and squatted down and laid an egg! It is one of the two in the second photo above. Can you believe it! It was amazing.
Then that cutie in the third photo is my favorite Dutch herb named Basil. He is quite a character and for his age still a puppy! He even tried to be a lap dog the same day the chicken laid the egg! You see where I'm going with this! The final photo is of my new garden ornament Dragonfly on Rudbeckia by Marjolein Bastin. You see Marjolein Bastin lived in the same city as our Dutch hosts do and at one time our host did her accounting work for her. I decided to put it in my herb garden surrounded by my favorite, lemon verbena. I'll post a better photo of it later. Well, there are more adventures to come. I seem to be moving at a snail's pace, but I don't have much to report in the garden at the moment! I have a couple more Dutch stories to tell. Hope you had a great day. We are supposed to have rain tomorrow. Maybe we'll order our new garage door and back door. Really need new ones. Talk to you later.