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Yes. Dried herbs. I do love doing this. Mint. That's my favorite. That's my nifty herbal tea ... organic tea
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You have a fine and lovely niece. And isn't it lovely to have fresh herbs at your fingertips. I have to admit, basil is not my favorite herb. I should give it another few tries ...
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on My Herbage at Word Wenches
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Somehow I've never grown lemon verbena. And I don't cook with lemon grass. Do I think they're ersatz or something? I have to be more tolerant. (jo walks along her back porch, being tolerant to the plants, especially the lemon verbena)
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2017 on My Herbage at Word Wenches
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I always plan to grow herbs from seed, but I mostly haven't. Except cilantro, which is in all ways an excellent herb, unless you don't like cilantro, of course. Cilantro comes in big seeds, which are very satisfying to plant, and it can be eaten in salads even when it's small, and it's an annual. Mostly I buy little pots of supermarket herbs because by the time I notice it's time to plant herbs it's , like, May or June. If I were a farmer I would probably starve to death.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2017 on My Herbage at Word Wenches
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This sounds so lovely. So lovely. And, y'know ... competent. Also good for tomatoes. My tomato foe is the squirrels so I am mostly demented with putting nets over the things and then gathering tomatoes somehow under the nets. I am not very good at tomatoes. I have lemon balm for the first time. It was a gift. I'm really enjoying it. Sachets? I don't know what else to do with it but I'm enjoying crushing it in my fingers. Congrats on the raised beds. Sounds like your work is being well rewarded. Good on you.
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I think it's better to have 'grow bulbs' for plants. Something about full spectrum lighting. I have to admit I haven't done this myself as I am always just on the edge of not being able to cope and I think trying to set up healthy plant areas inside would push me over the edge. I can recommend mint as a take-over plant. Once it gets established it is like a plant earworm. In there for the long run.
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Straw, huh? (jo makes notes) I could try straw. I used to do straw and old leaves over the feet of the gardenias and camellias in the old house down in the valley where it's warmer. I have flower beds out front I don't weed enough. I am soooo bad.
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I think you're supposed to get rosemary as a gift, if you can. An old superstition. I've had rosemary given to me, but it generally dies. I'm not sure I like the symbolism of this. I bring herbs inside and pluck leaves off to snack on, then rotate another herb through the process. As I say -- a lazy gardener ...
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I usually keep herbs on the kitchen windowsill if there's no chance of real soil outside. I especially like the dead easy herbs one can snack on, leaf by leaf. Now, if I had somebody else to grow them I would probably wave them onward with a glad heart and snack on THEIR herbage.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2017 on My Herbage at Word Wenches
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I wonder if you ever did find out what it was ... I remember ... I was in Germany and, as one does where there is no language between you and the seller, I picked out the plants I knew what they were and then took home a basket of unknowns. That was how I discovered celeriac.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2017 on My Herbage at Word Wenches
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I'm counting on the lemon verbena to provide that lovely surprise of scent when I brush by. Mint is bumptious. It takes over. It is the pushy, oblivious Cit of garden plants.
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I will admit to being lazy about gardening, which in my case means herbs. I try to winter a few over, but even lavender and rosemary generally don’t make it through the cold on my mountaintop. And then, what with one thing and another, I’m never out with my hands in the dirt early enough to grow from seeds. Continue reading
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One of those reliable parts of life. If I own and use an umbrella, pretty soon I don't have it any more. Poof.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Squirrels have a lot to answer for ...
Toggle Commented May 16, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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LA must be pretty much an umbrella-free zone. If I remember correctly from my time in Venice, the falling down thing to fear was giant palm fronds. I am unredeemed hippie in style, I'm afraid. Birkenstocks. I still wear Birkenstocks.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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I, too, like to pull the hood up or grab a hat instead of using an umbrella. Two kinds of people there. I wonder if it has to do with the kind of hair. Mine frizzes us from the humidity of the rain. Not much point in trying to keep it dry. The damage is already done.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Being retired is a very 'freeing' thing. A lot of folks say, "Now I can go to Nome Alaska." Or, "Now I can tie all the flies I want." I said, "Now I can sleep late." Then I got a dog that wakes up at the crack of dawn. I do, however, get to dress pretty much as I choose.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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I keep thinking the Japanese are the best umbrella-ists. I do love the bright colors. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d8/6a/4c/d86a4cdbb7025b4dbe47659d5aebfa8f.jpg Any time I see one of those art umbrellas out in a gray rainy day, I feel joyful.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Sometimes the DD will swipe something I've used and valued. I am so happy to pass it along. We get an emotional attachment to objects. Natural, I think. Velveteen-Rabbit-like bringing the inanimate to life. (I can't read that book w/o crying.) Pass along a treasured item and it has two lives. So cool.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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That is a fine clever thought for when we have to, or choose to, use computers out in the sun. I will keep this in mind. Thank you. And thank you for the good work FEMA does. You guys are on the side of the angels.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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We never have enough umbrellas and we never have one when we need it. Now, of late years I don't use one at all. I have a folding umbrella that sits in a basket in the back of the car -- I store stuff in baskets in the car -- but I never take it out. I just cram a hat on my head and run into wherever I have to go. That's the difference between me and actual umbrella users. I don't go for walks in the rain and I very seldom have to look neat and well pressed.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Or a sword stick umbrella where you'd pull out your weapon and fight off the baddies. Surely somebody should have thought of that. Like http://www.thecoverteye.com/m7/600040--umbrella-sword.html
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Slop about in my ratty old clothes. Live where I like. Be evasive when somebody asks what I do, leaving them with the impression I run numbers or something. Work with the dog at my feet. I love writing.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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No greater compliment or satisfaction than to have something we love and someone else loves it too
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Long ago I made a quilt of such treasured things. Even the quilt has disappeared, swiped in one of my many moves. "Time you thief who loves to get sweets into your list, put that in."
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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