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Creative Gardener
Pacific Northwest
...inspiring gardeners to create!
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It seems a blustery, cold fall day sends us a signal to go inside for a hot cup of tea. One of my favorite ways to use herbs fresh or dried is to blend them with different types of black or Chinese teas. These types of tea that are typically purchased and are really just the many ways Camellia sinensis (the true tea plant) is harvested, dried and preserved. Purchase them loose and handblend flavorful teas with your own herbs from the garden. Flowers harvested for teas include German chamomile, lavender, calendula, roses. Leaves include lemon verbena, mints, bee balm,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at CreativeGardener's blog
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What can a garden teach you today? It’s the beginning of garden show season and one of the popular and favorite parts (beyond the cool plants to buy) is the lecture series. I love to attend lectures to be inspired by what the garden can teach us. I also love to share the inspiration too. Join me for my garden seminars at the Tacoma Home and Garden show the last week in January. Topics this year include: Water Wisdom in the Garden January 27th, 2010 at 3 pm on the Green Theatre stage. This one is one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at CreativeGardener's blog
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Jan 5, 2010
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Mesclun Lettuce mix frames a colorful border in raised veggie garden beds. January is time to dream of the garden. I recently visited a couple of local garden stores and watched as they packed up the Christmas stuff and brought out the seed packets! Yeah, I love perusing seed racks. It is definitely hope springs eternal as all of the colorful pictures beg me to grow them. Grab a cup of hot tea and sit down to your favorite seed catalog or supplier. For under a couple of dollars a seed packet, you can plant numerous varietiesof goodies for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at CreativeGardener's blog
Beyond the planting, the weeding and the tending... is the delight of creating gifts from the garden. Unique, thoughtful, easy, inexpensive and inspirational. Gifts from the garden can be as simple as a set of pressed flower note cards, an elegant bottle of herb vinegar or a herbal home spa gift basket. Here are some recipes to get started... Herb Vinegar Ratio: 1 cup firmly packed fresh cut herbs 2 cups white wine or champagne vinegar Gently wash herbs, remove any discolored or damaged leaves. Allow to air dry. Place in a sterilized glass jar, pour vinegar over them. Gently... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2009 at CreativeGardener's blog
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