Harvested out of the garden today: heirloom tomatoes, basil, and lavender. Shown here are Dr. W. Yellow and Juliette. I must come out of the garden looking like a greedy squirrel each day - I go in there expecting just to pick a few and before you know it...I'm overflowing with tomatoes that are rolling out of my arms and hands! I probably could have lifted my skirt today to make an impromptu basket, but it was kind of short and wasn't sure if the neighbors were home or not..so I took two trips. Dr. W. Yellow are the large pumpkin shaped tomatoes. I can't wait to slice them with sea salt sprinkled on them. YUM!
Also coming out of the June garden: basil and lavender. I plan on drying the lavender by hanging them then collecting the blossoms. The dried blossoms can be mixed with dried rosemary, thyme, savory and other culinary herbs and makes a nice herbal rub for chicken. Delicious!
In honor of the blooming herbs here in the Hill Country garden I dedicate this post to the topical uses of Borage, Yarrow, Vitex, Calendula...
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we all grow up
Verbena (Vervain) Loving Spring
Cactus in Bloom
Spring in the Hill Country 2010
Flowers for Mum
reaching towards the sun
Briar and Basil in the Greenhouse
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