Lavender + Bee

bee of sweet spirit

May day in our garden   May first has been a beautiful day.  Early this afternoon I couldn’t resist taking the camera to the garden to capture and share some of my joy with you all. The herbs are filling out fast. The lavender is producing nectar for both bees and butterflies. But it’s ready to […]

spring garden

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme… These are a few of the herbs we’ve started for this summer…along with spicy oregano,  chocolate mint, marjoram, chives and basil. The four square beds that once held all of our herbs have been planted with tomatoes, peas, radishes, carrots, and peppers. The only things left over from last summer […]


More than just a garnish for a plate of steak or fish –  Parsley is a pantry staple at the cottage. We use it when we make lasagna, in our tomato sauce for spaghetti with  meat balls, in a favorite chicken braise, and so on and so on…. Sometimes, like in the paprika chicken braise, […]

it’s all about basil

In summer our cooking slows way down.  We grill meats and back our starch intake down to cold pasta or potato salads.  The garden gives us herbs and tomatoes, and lots of ’em, so it’s not unusual for dinner to consist of a protein, fresh sliced tomatoes and a salad incorporating herbs of one variety or another. […]

herbs to dry

This was a cool dry morning so we harvested the herbs. Here’s the herb bed…after harvest. The before shot is HERE if you missed it. I harvested the Lavender awhile back, leaving enough for a dried herb rack. The rest of our harvest will be dried for various uses over the fall and winter. Chives: I […]

fuzzy flowers

We spent this morning working in the yard…trimming and nipping and tucking.  Herbs, flowers, citrus and so on and so forth all require tender loving care as the spring progresses into summer. While I was sweeping paths and picking up leaves D came asking, “how can I help?” My suggestion was, “Go get the camera […]

sharing the love

and the lavender This morning was “lavender harvest” in the garden.  I have two – no make that three – varieties in my small herb beds; French, English, and something identified by the Home Depot tag as French Lavender that is so different from the real deal even I can see it was miss-labeled. Anyway, […]