It has been a rather fragrant weekend here, and I mean that in the best possible way. If you live near here, or if you’ve been reading this blog for long, then you know that February is planting season for many thing here in Central Texas, and this weekend has been a great one for herbs at my place.Gabriel Farms. I was lucky to visit their farm a few years ago, but this time they came here to town. What beautiful and interesting displays everyone had set up! It was a very educational (and fragrant) morning! Oh mmmm…
And, in addition to the displays on how to cultivate, how to container garden, and tables featuring some of the sorts of things one can do with herbs (oh yes, my friend Ellen from EZHerbs was there as well, of course), the Herb Society offered all sorts of tasty things the their members had made ranging from herb teas to salads to baked goods. Mmmm…
I brought home three pots of Mexican oregano, not a true oregano but the leaves smell similar and the inch-long lavender tubular flowers have nectar the hummers love. I also bought several kinds of sage including one I’d never seen before, Cleveland sage. The leaves smell wonderful and is apparently used for potpourri rather than for cooking. Mmmmm!
If you want to invite a different sort of visitor into your garden, try putting together one of these fairy gardens. I don’t think of myself as much of a “rainbow and unicorn” girl usually, but dang – these are cute!
These miniature gardens are usually roughly the size of a bird bath or even smaller, and contain not just plant matter but “furnishings”, chairs or even tiny houses, to entice winged visitors.
I can’t really comment on that, but I did once grow tomatoes and basil in a pot with a small plastic cow: Caprese on the hoof so to speak, so what can I tell you. I do appreciate whimsey… so watch for future postings! Oh and, this would be a great sort of garden to do with kids – the scale is approachable, the maintenance is minimal, and, if you load it up with herbs it is yummy!
One more thing before I sign off. Last weekend you didn’t hear from me because I was busy proofreading a section of the final pages of the upcoming Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook! Woohoo! Let me tell you (she said modestly) it is gorgeous. I was sorely tempted to lick the screen (oh yes, they were “electronic” pages but it is a very real almost 200-page book). The book is due out in April, but you can order now (hint hint).
I was honored to have two recipes selected for inclusion, but I’m even more intrigued by some of the other recipes than my own. I am so going to make that cheesy horseradish grits recipe, and you remember the fish soup I made back during the recipe testing phase? The original recipe for that is in there as well. Mmmm…
So, if you have a friend who cooks, buy them one. Or if you cook, buy yourself one. Or buy 5, get a better unit price and give them out to anyone who wanders by! See? I’m shameless (grin)!
I need to stop writing and start planting, so I’m outta here. Have a great spring until I see you next, and as always, stay well and safe! Mmmm… spring!!