spring garden

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme... These are a few of the herbs we've started for this summer...along with spicy oregano,  chocolate mint, marjoram, chives and basil. The four square beds that once held all of our herbs have been planted with tomatoes, peas, radishes, carrots, and peppers. The only things left over from last summer … Continue reading spring garden


More than just a garnish for a plate of steak or fish -  Parsley is a pantry staple at the cottage. We use it when we make lasagna, in our tomato sauce for spaghetti with  meat balls, in a favorite chicken braise, and so on and so on.... Sometimes, like in the paprika chicken braise, … Continue reading parsley

herbs to dry

This was a cool dry morning so we harvested the herbs. Here's the herb bed...after harvest. The before shot is HERE if you missed it. I harvested the Lavender awhile back, leaving enough for a dried herb rack. The rest of our harvest will be dried for various uses over the fall and winter. Chives: I … Continue reading herbs to dry

fuzzy flowers

We spent this morning working in the yard…trimming and nipping and tucking.  Herbs, flowers, citrus and so on and so forth all require tender loving care as the spring progresses into summer. While I was sweeping paths and picking up leaves D came asking, “how can I help?” My suggestion was, “Go get the camera … Continue reading fuzzy flowers

sharing the love

and the lavender This morning was “lavender harvest” in the garden.  I have two – no make that three - varieties in my small herb beds; French, English, and something identified by the Home Depot tag as French Lavender that is so different from the real deal even I can see it was miss-labeled. Anyway, … Continue reading sharing the love