I had rather a difficult evening last night. Life seemed rather grim. Nothing in particular is wrong though. Just the perimenopausal hormones giving me a kick! So today I decided to brighten my mood by doing what brings me comfort and I chose to get out into the garden and give my herb garden some attention.
It is absolutely flourishing out there and it does my soul good to see it. The bees were fighting me for space near the borage and chamomile as I weeded our patch of soil. I planted in a Roman Chamomile plant which smelt divine and have my fingers crossed it will take off the same as its cousin, my German Chamomile, further down. Next the coriander went in from the greenhouse seedlings that one of my daughters started off. She has recently taken a real interest in what goes on in the garden and it is good to be able to pass down an interest and give her another skill into the bargain.
The birds are eating us out of seed and insect-concoction filled coconuts! There have been several fights outside around the bird feeder this year and feathers have been plucked. Forming an orderly queue doesn’t seem to be anymore likely than women at a sale. There have been muggings, mobbing, name calling and all sorts going on. The blue tits just wait on the fence until the thugs have chased each other away and then nip in for a spot of scavenging before they come back. Clever.
The fennel is looking proud and is destined for the dinner plate on Sunday as part of a gorgeous orange and fennel chicken recipe from Nigella Lawson. This woman is definitely a Kitchen Goddess and I bow down appropriately at the spine of her latest book. Her recipes always come out stunningly; check this out-
Next I tended my Jade trees (or money plants, if you like!) in the greenhouse. Last year I took some cuttings from the main plant I have and they are doing really well in there. I should be able to distribute them to my daughters once they are ready. I do like to start family traditions and this one is pretty cool…who knows how many more cuttings will be done in the years ahead? I really like that idea 🙂
When the various herbs are big enough I shall start to harvest and dry them out. I already have my eye on some cute jars for storage. I will use some of them in incense recipes, in the bath, in homemade oils such as rosemary and, of course, cook with them too.
When life bites you, get outside in the fresh air! It is a wonderful mood lifter. Grow something too. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is!