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Thursday, April 19, 2012


My friend and I attended a seminar about colonial herbs at the Hanover Tavern last night.
One  herb in particular I wanted to try and learn more about is Loveage.   I have yet to try it but have heard that the flavor is a combination of Anise and Celery.  Use it as you would use parsley or celery but go lighter as the flavor is stronger.  Some use as a salt substitute.  It can grow to about 6 ft.  and every part is edible,  we were also informed that the stalk can be used as a straw.   I am thinking tomato based drinks. Likes fertile soil and takes partial shade too.  Seeds can be harvested and have sweeter flavor than leaves.  let the seeds turn brown and then cut stalk and use lke you would celery seeds.
cilantro and loveage on right
I always research the toxicity of  herbs if any and so far I have read that it shouldn't be consumed in first trimester of pregnancy - or if kidney damage - web md has info on it
Borage is another colonial herb,  supposed to have the flavor like that of cucumbers, young leaves are eaten in salads     I won't be eating it ,  but do like the pretty blue flowers.
I understand it can be a good companion plant for tomatos as it is supposed to help keep the tomato worm away from them.    Basil is supposed to do the same because of the scent the worm doesn't like.  Will try this too.
borage on right
Picture of Lavender farms,  where they have so many nice gifts , honey,  herbs, plants - a little of everything
Fernleaf,  very pretty - blooms summer to fall and once established , needs little watering - good for slopes
Dutch lavender,  a new one to me.   Used mainly by landscapers I was told because of mounding habit,  didn't need to be tended to like the other lavenders.    Blooming not as profuse as the other lavenders , but pretty growth habit
Beatiful lettuce

I always purchase their raw honey -  I will use the sun stick to measure amt of sun for planting my grapes
neat idea

been needing some teaspoons and found them here

back at carolyns house,   she has a new greenhouse potting shed
she and her husband built
plenty of light, as the roof is clear

nice place to go and work with things that you enjoy
pretty violets

I believe she called this rose "Jacobs coat"

 Pretty yard
there is parsley, sage, basil, etc in this area

til next time


  1. Very interesting! The garden house ist beautiful, would like to have it here.


  2. Thanks, Betsy, for the good information. I have some plants that I have been calling borage, now looking at your plant, I know that's not what it is. So I learned something and I didn't!! Will take piece to nursery..Happy Planting..Judy

  3. Hi Betsy!
    I was given the Liebster Award on my blog & was instructed to share it with five of my favorite blogs I read. I posted today Sat. 21st about it. Anyway...I am passing it onto you!
    The way it works is explained on my site. I hope you have time to read it and share it with some of your favorites too. Perdy kool! :o)
    God bless!!


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