Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial…

snipping chives in November

As the leaves are falling and naturally protecting my herb garden, I can’t help but admire how the green herbs continue to thrive even in November.  I still have green onions growing and anticipate using them during the Thanksgiving holiday.  As I look at the garden, my two kinds of parsley–curled leaf and Italian leaf…

tansy

it is always pretty easy to spot tansy in an herb garden.  my plants happen to be the tallest in my garden with distinctive fern-like leaves.  the leaves are bright green with small heads of round button size yellow flowers.  this is one of the herbs that will grow in just about any type of…

the herb garden at dow gardens

we are so very lucky in midland Michigan to have the beautifully maintained Dow gardens.  this botanical garden is one of the most beautiful in the nation.  each visit opens my eyes to some of the most lovely displays of trees, flowers, and landscape design ideas.  i have escorted several of my out of town…

monarda

monarda is technically a cultivar from the mint family.  bee balm, grown in many herb gardens, has an unusual flower, often described as ragged clusters of blooms.  my plant attracts all the neighborhood hummingbirds, and i often see at least two at a time by the petals.  my bee balm grows in two colors and…

borage

i don’t plant many annual herbs, because many years ago, i decided i would rather develop a perennial herb garden.  however; having said that, i usually buy borage every year. i should explain that i live in Michigan, in other zones greater than zone 5, borage may return for you year after year. this is…

love the lovage

  with a flavor very similar to celery, the herb lovage is well loved in my garden.  this is one of the few herbs that may grow up to four or five feet tall.  surviving in full sun or even light shade, lovage is often used in the herb garden as a background plant, because…