Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I did buy a few and I really mean a few, less than ten new herbs for the garden. Here is where the new scented geraniums and a couple of container ones were planted the other day. So if you have gaps where you could use a larger herb, think about planting your container herbs into that empty space. You can always find a new smaller herb for that container!;>} Hope you are having a great day. We are still making rain in this part of the world. My neighbor brought his boat out of storage! Do you think he knows something I don't? It's laundry day here and it's piled to the ceiling! Talk to you later.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Herbal Pests: The Four-Lined Plant Bug.
Friday, May 13, 2011
You know I sometimes don't get around to everyone's blog like I should. When I finally make an effort to get to some of your blogs, Blogger has a malfunction and erases my comments! Yikes! All that work goes down the drain! Most days Blogger is great, but it just takes that one day when I'm not even in town. Glad I wasn't. I might have had another meltdown, herbally speaking! Enough of that!
The Village Herb Shop this morning when my Herbal Companion, Bonnie and I celebrated the Herb of the Year, Horseradish with Kathleen Gips. We learned about horseradish and there is a lot to learn. Eat some wonderful nibbles of food made by Heather and made several products using horseradish as a workshop. Kathleen is always so thorough and we just have a wonderfully herbal day when we are with her. She used my horseradish jelly to top a delicious bread. Just click on the link to get the recipe. I will say that it didn't gel the last two times I made it! Ugh! It did gel the first time. I'm thinking bad batch of Certo. It was next year's expiration so it should have worked! I hate when that happens so I will be tweeking the recipe and I will give you the new version as soon as it is ready. We always have a great time at Kathleen's. I'm going to be doing an Herb Companion post next time. So stay tuned. It is raining cats, dogs and huge bolts of lightning! It is a little scary. The ride home today was lengthened by the storms! Hope you are doing well wherever you may be. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Miss C honored the dear Herbal Husband yesterday with the Gift of Age. For most of her religion grade, she was to select an older person (over 60 that excluded me!) that has been a part of their lives and interview them about their lives and then make a book of their life as a tribute. I told her that I thought The Herbal Husband would make an interesting interview. He so enjoys telling stories of his childhood in Peru. The Herbal Husband said it was OK with him if I share her dedication:
They celebrated Mass and the mothers of the 7th and 8th graders had a lovely brunch for us and then there was entertainment. Miss C played the song "Sway" on her flute especially for The Herbal Husband. Besides Miss C's version which made both her mother and I cry when it was played during her honors band concert, this is a favorite version of ours from Melinda Doolittle on American Idol.This book is dedicated to my good friend for all the good times we had together in and out of the garden. You always put a smile on my face for all the jokes you've told me and for all the funny things you do. Thanks for teaching me how to do things in the garden like picking strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, weeds and especially digging for potatoes. I love to find the mother lode of potatoes. It is fun to see the different sizes, shapes and color. I remember when we were digging for potatoes and we found a potato that we named Mr. Potato Head. I also like to feed the birds and watch how many come to eat. Don't forget that we have had great times outside the garden. I remember when we all went to Phipps Conservatory and you loved to see the trains. I liked when you would whistle to the birds like as if you were talking to them. Thanks for all of the laughs and memories.
It was a very nice morning for us all.
Miss C and her mom and dad and brother are going to be moving to northern Pennsylvania some time this summer. The Herbal Husband and I are going to fit some more adventures with Miss C and her mom before they move. I'll share those adventures later in the summer. It was another beautiful day in the garden. We have one more day before the rains come back. Doing some instant herb gardening and I will fill you in in the next postings. Wanted to also give a shout out to the Sea Larks who I spoke for today. Had a great time and I think they enjoyed it as well. Talk to you later.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Herb Society of America on June 24. I just received Jekka's latest newsletter and I spotted her new blog. Well, when I visited last year, she mentioned me in her September blog. It took me until now to spot it! Her new blog talks about chives and that's what my upcoming guest blog for The Herb Companion will be about next week. GMTA, herbally speaking! Stay tuned. Got to get outside and walk before it rains again. Horseradish jelly didn't gel like last time! Going to experiment when I come back with a solution. Keep your fingers crossed it works! Talk to you later.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
We learned late last night that our dear friend, Deana, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells! The Herbal Husband worked with Deana at a downtown architectural firm and they became fast friends. If anyone can beat this disease, it's Deana. She's a Texas Aggie, first and foremost! She has the loving and powerful support of family and friends. This disease is going to have to fight us all, including Deana's mother and two sisters and her husband's family as well. We are only sending positive energy! We consider ourselves adopted by her family and we have enjoyed being with them on all occasions. Her youngest son just turned 2 and her oldest son will be 12 and her daughter will be 8. Deana is a young vibrant woman who wants to live for her family and friends.
This disease recently took the life of Geraldine Ferraro. We refuse to believe that Deana will be nothing short of a miracle in her treatment. She has already started at the Hillman Cancer Center here in Pittsburgh. To get a second opinion (which insurance would not cover) would have cost $35,000. Something is wrong here, people, but I'm not going to get negative! Please keep Deana in your thoughts and prayers!
Pretty soggy in the 'Burgh. We have had over an inch of rain in the last three days. Got to run and make some more horseradish jelly. Talk to you later.
Monday, May 2, 2011
(Alchemilla mollis) that we have moved into the herb garden. It is about twice its size already from all of the rain we are having. A native of northern Europe and named for the Virgin Mary's cloak with the scalloped edge. It is lovely after a rain when its leaves hold the water making them glisten. It does have an edible flower. I have never personally eaten it. Ours usually get buried in a bed in the back. Maybe now that we have moved them to a more prominent space, I will try eating some of them. Lady's Mantle is very popular in England where it is used in an herb garden or any garden as an edging plant. It is a clumper and reseeds very gently. It does get ratty in the summer meaning you need to trim it back after the flowers are done to have it looking good. A very ornamental herb. Hope you had a good day wherever you may be. Talk to you later.