A Good Home, Basil, Cilantro, Cooking, Dill, French Tarragon, Gardening, Gardens, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Herb Gardens, Parsley

Herbs …. Ho Hum

My blog has received its first complaint.

Seems I’ve produced fine stories about fine people and fine flowers.

My crime  is that I’ve completely ignored the fine herbs and vegetables growing in my husband’s gardens.

Blog Photo - Apple Mint

Like the fragrant apple mint, which we use to flavour drinking water and in delicious mint jelly too. We also chop it up and mix with fresh blueberries and sliced mangoes, for dessert.

But I digress.

Husband is complaining. Reminding me that: “You can’t eat flowers. At least, not most of them!”

Blog Photo - Mint CU

And along comes Vito, for reinforcement.

Yes, the vintner-gardener-historian of our neighborhood who turns up repeatedly in A Good Home, turned up at our garden gate this morning. That same Vito who believes only vegetables and herbs — and wine grapes — have a right to exist in a garden.

Blog Photo - Vito amid the flowers

As if my husband needed any reinforcement….

But I digress.

Since one does not wish to upset the finest cook ( some may say the only cook) in this household, I’ve decided to make amends.

Blog Photo - Herb Bed and Bird Bath

We’ll come back to the vegetables one day soon.  For now,  I hope you enjoy these photos of the herbs which my husband tends more faithfully than the flowers in our garden.

I cannot say they are the most interesting photos I ever saw. Take this parsley.

Blog Photo - Herb garden - parsley

And this French Tarragon. For a plain-looking herb — exemplifies uber-exuberance. N’est-ce pas?

Blog Photo - Herb Garden Tarragon

Not that I’m complaining. Herbs taste very good in the dishes my husband makes. Basil, for example, goes well with tomato dishes.

Blog Photo - Herb Garden Basil

Some herbs grew from last year’s seeds. We got lots of re-seeded dill, which goes well with fish, especially salmon. Cilantro, below, is great in salads. And goes well with avocado, shrimp dishes, etc.

Blog Photo - Herb Garden cilantro

But I digress.

My issue: Herbs tend to have small flowers, and most of them are white.  Why aren’t some red or blue or yellow? This onion flower would look great in red.

Blog Photo - Herb garden Onion Blossom

Not that I’m complaining.

Blog Photo - Herb Garden Chives

Chives, above, go well with omelettes and scrambled eggs.

And did you know you can eat garlic scapes? Great in a vegetable stir-fry.

Blog Photo - Herb Garden Garlic Scape

And did I say that garlic is easy to grow? If you let the scapes go to seed, then drop the seeds in a small part of your garden, and lightly cover with soil, you’ll have garlic next year.

Not that I know anything about such stuff, of course.

I’m a flower garden person.

 

 Photos by Hamlin Grange