"What is Paradise? But a Garden, an Orchard of Trees and Herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights." ~ William Lawson, 1618.
Monday, May 24, 2010
A Home for Herbs
A home for herbs! Having been gifted some lovely scented herbs and being woefully short of available garden space, I decided to plant them in a box - which means I can move them into different locations as the mood strikes or space requires, and at the same time contain their growth - anything in the mint family can rapidly take over (although to be honest, I can't say I really mind). Mint is good for the tummy, a delicious addition to lamb dishes and iced teas and, I hear, discourages ants. I planted up the start of the scented herb collection in a cheapest-of-the-cheap wooden box that my hubby painted with a light stain - purposely leaving it rough. I added some touches in keeping with the bird motif using a combination of decoupage and stencilling. Catmint, spearmint and lemon balm are all happily crowding together in the new box and I plan to add scented geraniums and bee balm (bergamot). These herbs smell great, add colour and zing to cookery, soothe nerves and are a paradise for local bees. As we exclaimed in the 70's..."Mint!"