How many types of Mint??!!
According to this article, 7500 varieties of Lamianceae (mint). Some of these I have never even heard of.
Have you ever tasted Horseradish flowers? I did and was amazed!
Have you ever eaten the horseradish flowers? I harvest horseradish roots twice a year: in early spring and in autumn. And I use leaves for fermenting cucumbers. But I have never ever tried to eat horseradish flowers. Today, as I was taking photos of different plants, I noticed how beautiful it is. I tasted it and WoW! You…
When do you start your garden?
Yesterday, I attended one of the first in-person church services my local congregation has held since COVID lockdowns began. It was great to see old friends at Pentecost this year. After the service, I was chatting with a friend who has been gardening (together with his wife) for many years. He asked me whether I had put…
Lemon myrtle- Backhousia citriodora
This wonderful Aussie native is often referred to the “queen of the lemon herbs”. It has a very strong lemon taste and aroma. We have a couple growing on our place and as you walk past and pluck a couple of leaves off, rub them in your hands, you are blessed with the nicest lemon smell. I rub it around my ears, neck and…
Spotted dead nettle
I have 4 varieties of the spotted dead nettle. This article explains more about them. I do have the yellow, which is a more aggressive spreader but if its planted in a sunny dry place it stays under control in my area (zone 5 B in USA) And yes, it is edible and has herbal uses. Link below: It is a good ground cover, shade…
Local plant sales
Depending on where you live plant sales may be a possibility again this spring. It great fun to see new plants, learn about them and have new color and use in your yard or patio. The local audubon is having one again this year and its a favorite of mine. You tend to get more herbs and wild plants there. You can buy or swap…
Any good in lemon leaves?
Boy is my little (indoor) lemon tree suddenly a happy little thing, growing like I've never seen before! I fed it a bit of wriggler castings & I think that was the magic touch. I was pruning it of a crossed branch today, since it just can't stay, and was wondering if lemon leaves are useful in anything? Can I use them in…