Category Archives: herbs

Herbal Hot Buttered Rum

My best friend and I had a forty year-old tradition of sharing hot buttered rum to celebrate the first “real” snowfall of the season…”real” meaning enough snow to track a cat across the lawn.  Over the years, separated by geography … Continue reading

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Green Bridges

  Everyone is concerned about pollinators, and rightly so.  May I make a suggestion?  The Herb Society of America sponsors a program called “Green Bridges.”  It’s primary goal is to form “bridges” of not only safe passage for pollinators, providing … Continue reading

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The Thymes they are a-changing

    Thyme is one of the best-loved of all herbs.  A versatile and durable perennial, its creeping branches can soften the harshest of rock walls, turn a stone into a comfortable tuffet or make a sunny bank into a fragrant … Continue reading

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A Day of Firsts!

After a long spell of cold, rainy weather it is suddenly 87 degrees and total sunshine!  The slight drawback are the 50 mph winds that are really drying things out.  I’ve had to water the flats on the outside benches … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of the Herb Pantry

While it continues to be grey and cold, it’s a good time to take stock of the culinary herb supply.  There’s still time to make adjustments to the planting plans and increase or decrease the number of plants needed.  Starting … Continue reading

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Calendula harvest

As an herb lover, it’s always hard to pick a favorite.  Mine varies from week to week, but during the spring and early summer months, it has to be calendula.  I would hate to live without calendula.  First of all, … Continue reading

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Smallage, or Cutting Celery

This week, I received word that George, the husband of a dear herbal friend passed away.  George and Charlene had a lovely and full life, and learning of his passing brought back lots of memories.  One was a day they … Continue reading

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