Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
|Tarragon Added to White Wine Vinegar|
|Some of my Herb Picks for Today|
|Found a Drying Rack under the Stairs and Put it to Use|
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
|Nasturtium flowers and some leaves!|
|Nasturtium flowers and no leaves!|
|Calendulas happily blooming!|
|A Calendula with a dark center!|
|The Best Part of the Sunflowers for the Birds!|
|Some Orange Calendula Flowers!|
Monday, October 22, 2012
Drinking from Johnny Appleseed's Spring. You should read the entire post, but if you just want to cut to the good part, scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see what I brought to share with our friends. I pinch myself to be able to say that I know Sharon Lovejoy and Jeff Prostovich and they are friends of mine. We shared a meal together at Via Vite. Couldn't hear everything that was said between the packed restaurant and the background music. I think we had a great time. Safe journey to my Sharon and her Jeff. Bonnie and I send our love across the country for your safe return to California. I'll share the herb gardens tomorrow, because you know we visited some. BTW, beautiful Indian summer weather here in the 'Burgh. Lulls one into a false sense that summer will continue for awhile longer. Not so. Will plunge back to reality next week I hear. Talk to you later.
Just a quick post to say I'm alive. Just got back from a road trip to a neighboring state with my herbal companion, Bonnie, to see one of my favorite authors and her phone man. The Herbal Husband is visiting Tampa and family. He has already called me. Not a good sign. Soo I'll post more later today if I get the chance. Got to get some things done cause I may be going back out to the airport to do an early pickup! Talk to you later.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
|'Brother Cadfael' and 'Queen Elizabeth' Meeting in the Dining Room|
So with thanks to Mr. Ruggiero, here is his list of Reliable Roses-Old Garden Roses. (Please note: The links I have given are to show the rose itself and not necessarily a place to purchase them. Also make sure they are hardy in your particular zone or area of the world.)
RELIABLE ROSES-OLD GARDEN ROSESF = fragrant
'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' F
'Sarah van Fleet' F
'Sir Thomas Lipton' F
'Therese Bugnet' F
'Buff Beauty' F
'Charles de Mills' F
'Alfred de Dalmas' F
'Henri Martin' F
'Madame Hardy' F
'Jacques Cartier' F
'Mme Issac Pereire' F
'Variegata de Bologna' F
'Zephirine Drouhin' F
I'll give you the Modern and David Austin choices in the coming days. I'll try to combine these lists into one page here when I get a chance. An overcast day in the 'Burgh and chilly. Hope you are having a good day wherever you may be. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
|'Frensham' Pelargonium Leaves Drying in a Paper Bag!|
|Very Lemony Smell!|
|'Rober's Lemon Rose' Pelargonium Leaves|
|Some Leaves are Not Yet Dried!|
Most of the pelargoniums are still OK and I may do the paper bag drying with some more leaves this week. I don't want to go too crazy and then not find a way to use them later. We did have a hard freeze yesterday morning so the tomatoes are done. The zinnias in the front are toast. The nasturtiums looked done, but I saw that some flowers are still blooming! The tallest lemon verbena got some damaged leaves. I will make jelly some time this week. Busy time in the herb garden. We are going to be in the 70's today and so I guess this is Indian Summer now. We got the grass cut this morning and maybe for the last time this year. Never know about that. Hope you are having a great day. Talk to you later.
Friday, October 12, 2012
|Lovage in the Herb Garden! Looking Good!|
|The Herb Garden at the Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls, OH!|
|We Made a Seasoning for Soup and a Rub for Vegetables and Chicken Using Lovage!|
Lovage is a perennial herb from Zones 5 to 8. It needs a large space in the garden. Once you plant it and it is in the ground for several years, it takes a piece of machinery to get it out. It needs four to six hours to grow. I love it because it is a true spring time herb. It has a celery smell and flavor but a stronger depth of flavor. In many European countries, it was thought to have special powers as a love charm or an aphrodisiac.
Lovage was a very important cooking and salad herb in the middle ages. It is up early in the garden. I have dried leaves between two pieces of paper toweling that gives it a scent of lovage as a bonus. Once dried (If they aren't completely dried, they will turn moldy!), lovage can be stored in a glass jar or plastic container. Leaves also freeze well. It doesn't have much of a flower. Lovage is grown for its leaves. Once it flowers and goes to seed, cut and dry the seeds to be used like celery seeds. Very flavorful. Because it is a stronger flavor than celery, it can be used in soups, eggs, salads and stuffing. The hollow stems can be used as a straw for beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. It can also be used in vinegars, butters and pulverize two cups of fresh lovage leaves with one cup of water in a blender. Freeze in ice cube trays and use one cube per pot of soup. It was a great herb day in Chagrin Falls with Kathleen of The Village Herb Shop.
Going to be another cold one tonight. Hopefully, the herbs will make it one more cold night so I have a bit more time to harvest. Hope you have had a great day. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Everblooming Cecile Brunner|
|A 'Rose' Geranium in Bloom|
|The Red Fairy Rose|
|The Pink Fairy Rose|
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
|My 'African Blue Basil'|
Monday, October 8, 2012
|'Dwarf Cherry Rose' and 'Jewel Peach Melba' from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds|
|'Buttercream' nasturtiums from Renee's Garden|
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sorry there won't be any pretty photos with this post! We came out into the herb garden this morning to find dog crap in my herb garden. In full view. I am just so tired of loose dogs and people letting their pets go on other people's yards and gardens. I just wish there was some way to give the dog a jolt if it steps in the garden to do its business! Shame on all of you who let it happen! Be responsible for your pets, please! If you have a solution in the prevention department to help keep them from doing it again, please let me know. I'm done. Talk to you later.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
|You Really Don't Grow Lemon Verbena for Its Blooms, But Isn't It Beautiful?|
The leaf blowers have started outside. We generally rake what leaves come from the neighbor's trees. It is cool and crisp. A typical Autumnal day in the 'Burgh! Hope you are having a great day wherever in the world you may be. Talk to you later.
Friday, October 5, 2012
rose geranium jelly until tomorrow. Have three recipes to make. The temperatures will be dropping tomorrow so we need to think about last minute harvesting and herbs to transplant in the garden. Always something doing. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Mother Earth Living, a combination of two of Linda Ligon's babies, The Herb Companion and Natural Home.
Hope you will continue to follow my herbal adventures with me. I will still be blogging about herbs for Mother Earth Living. Thanks to The Herb Companion magazine for all of the great herbal knowledge. I know Mother Earth Living will continue the herbal journey. For those of you who are asking, you will get Mother Earth Living if you either subscribed to The Herb Companion or Natural Home or both. If you have five issues left on The Herb Companion subscription and 2 left on your Natural Home subscription, you will get 7 issues of Mother Earth Living.
Got to go trim the ivy. An annual event! Talk to you later.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
|Entrance to the Gardens|
|They Do Wonderful Plant Combinations at NYBG|
|Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculpture through next May|
|Rose Garden from the Tram|
|A Bit of Vertical Gardening for NYC|
|The Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden|
|Basil was Thriving|
|The Enid Haupt Conservatory|
|The Exhibit Looks Very Much Like October in France|
|Wonderful Flower Combinations|
|Plant Boxes with Trial Combinations|
|Monet's Garden in Giverny in 2007|