In a Vase on Monday: Mostly Herbs

I have been harvesting some herbs recently. Last week it was parsley, sage and chives; the parsley and sage are cut into small pieces and dried in our food dehydrator until dry enough to crumble, and the chives are snipped and simply frozen in tiny containers, ready to sprinkle over/in hot food. I also made some parsley and garlic paste (that was strong!) and some parsley ice cubes.

But today the mint was due to be picked and, as always, I got distracted and started picking things for a Monday vase!

The photos are taken on the steps next to my Herb Bed, which is also ‘mostly herbs’. There is a Viburnum in the middle, a few antirrhinums, a Geum, a Euphorbia and some spring bulbs. But I think everything else could be classified as a herb or medicinal plant (German has one word for this: HeilkrΓ€uter).

The first Hypericum flower of the season on my dark-leafed Hypericum shrub was the prompt for my vase, as this shrub looks so pretty growing near the Antirrhinums and I had already decided I wanted to use a couple of those today. Β Some blue borage set them off nicely.

The pink sage flowers also look nice with the dark foliage. I have several sages, including some ornamental ones. To my surprise, a couple overwintered from last year, including this purple one: Nachtvlinder.

Other green foliage is mint(!), lemon balm and more Hypericum. Somewhere at the back there is even a sprig of parsley! πŸ˜‰

I am now going to chop up all this mint for the dehydrator and will remember this warm sunny June day while sipping some mint tea on a winter’s day. πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks to Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for keeping this idea alive every week, where we share things plucked from our gardens or neighbourhoods and show them off in a vase of some sort.

Have a lovely Monday and a great week.

Happy gardening!

34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Mostly Herbs

  1. Nice herbal bunch accented with flowers, Cathy – it is a handful of summer-in-the-garden. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reminding me I need to harvest some lemon balm and spearmint for next winter. Gotta get on it! πŸ™‚

    • Yes, time is flying and the herbs will all be in flower before you know it! I bought some Lemon verbena plants to use for tea as well, and they have grown so much so are next on the list for their first ‘trim’. πŸ˜ƒ

    • Thanks Susie. I love having my own herbs and really should dry more… if only there were more hours in the day! πŸ˜‰ Home-dried are so much more aromatic!

  2. It’s a joyful mix, Cathy. What a productive herb garden you have! I gave up my herbs and vegetables to create a floral cutting garden years ago but I miss some of my herbs, most notably the basil and cilantro. I usually sow cilantro seed among the flowers but somehow forgot all about that this year. I do still have some oregano, mint and chives that escaped their original spots and have planted themselves in the gravel surrounding my raised planters, though πŸ˜‰

    • That’s good. πŸ˜ƒ I use herbs a lot, and like herbal tea too, which tastes so much better when homegrown. Parsley has been difficult to get going in this garden, but it has finally got established in my raised planters. You can’t beat chives and parsley in my view. πŸ˜ƒ

  3. I like your dark leaved hypericum Cathy and the blue and orange shades sit so well together. My salvia ‘Nachtvlinder’ has just started to flower in the last ten days or so. It seems hardy here but I always take cuttings as an insurance policy. I know what the first half of the name is but how does the second half translate? Would love to know 😁

    • Hi Anna. Well, that salvia name is Dutch. But I managed to find out what it means: ‘Night moth’. That’s such a nice name for it! I love some of the names chosen for the newer hybrids and have got a pink one called ‘Icing Sugar’. πŸ˜ƒ I took cuttings last year too, but didn’t have much success with them. It was the first time I had tried and I think it was too late in the season when I took them. Only one out of six survived!

  4. What an intriguing mixture you have in your vase today, Cathy – the pink sage flowers are especially pretty. Is this an ornamental salvia or grown mostly for culinary use. Like Anna, I find Nachtvlinder generally hardy here, but take cuttings too. I have grown Salvia hians from seed this year which is meant to be particularly hardy, although I also have Salvia verticillata which I think is equally hardy and has become real favourite since I first encountered it at an NGS garden a few years ago – it just keeps on and on flowering. I was interested to read about the way you were preserving your herbs – I have to confess to not using herbs as much as I feel I should, but I am getting better at thinking about it! Your orange antirrhinum looks far more appealing than the supposedly scarlet one I used the other week, which was neither red nor orange!

    • Hi Cathy! The pale pink sage is a culinary one and one of my favourites for flavour. I have another two culinary ones (names forgotten!) with purple flowers and a new one that isn’t flowering yet. The bees love the flowers! Last year I finally found an online nursery that sells ornamental salvias – I have hardly ever seen any in nurseries near me, but there are more and more online shops popping up here with unusual plants. I will have to look out for S. verticillata. πŸ˜ƒ The antirrhinum is one I grew from seed (Chilterns I think) a few years ago and has amazingly got through several winters here. I think it was called ‘Orange Wonder’ and another one appeared in the Herb Bed last year too, so it must be happy in a hot dry spot!

  5. This post is a mental feast for the senses imagining the fragrances, tastes and then the sight of the deep jewel tones of the flowers with the herbs…mmmm. i like the word Heilkrauter.

    • πŸ˜ƒ Sometimes the German language has one word for things that need several words in English. So convenient! πŸ˜‰ The ornamental purple salvia smells very strong and almost fruity, but the culinary ones have a lovely rich aroma. All that mint smelled wonderful while cutting it up too!

    • Haha, me too! I dream of a long long garden bed filled with lavender, sage, rosemary etc I could walk past and brush against every day! πŸ˜‰

  6. I bet your bunch smells amazing with all that herb foliage in there, Cathy. I hadn’t thought of all the effort those in cooler climates need to go to in order to have home grown herbs year-round. I bet it’s worth it though πŸ™‚

  7. It seems my comment got eaten! So I’ll go again…
    I bet that bunch smells amazing with all the herb foliage in there, Cathy. I hadn’t really thought about all the effort those in cool climates need to go to in order to have home-grown herbs year-round. I’m sure it is worth it!

    • Hi Horticat. It is worth the effort and it isn’t too much work, but a pleasurable activity. Call it aromatherapy! I hadn’t thought about the fact that in some climates you have herbs all year round. Wonderful!

  8. What a beautiful display of color both in flower and foliage. And it must smell amazing. I adore peppermint tea and drink it daily.

  9. Hi Cathy, I see you have been busy. Love your cheerful bouquet – the colour of the snapdragon is amazing and goes so well with the red foliage and the other more subtle plants. I have two lemon verbena plants, it makes such a refreshing tea. I also like the combination of verbena and thyme. We finally got rain, it’s wonderful. Enjoy the garden, big hug x

    • Hugs to you too Annette! The mad rush of planting etc is over and I have had a few days of pottering. Just cut some lemon verbena for drying. πŸ˜ƒ So glad you got some rain at last. We have had quite a lot, so I can watch my garden grow by the day now! 😘

  10. Wow, that is a full one. Do you also have white borage? (As much as I like white, it seems to me that borage should be blue.) Gee, not I am thinking about borage again.

    • I did have a white borage last year (which I think set seed and is about to flower again) but it is very ‘underwhelming’ as it doesn’t stand out at all. Borage is best blue, and I think the bees agree too. πŸ˜€

      • So, that must be where I saw it. It is a bummer when white is not the best color for a bloom, but it happens sometimes. I will soon be installing a pair of white bougainvilleas, which I am very pleased about, but you know, they are just not the same as the common brightly colored sort.

  11. You were really creative with this week’s vase, and I really like it. I’ve never considered my herbs for a bouquet, but why not? Thanks for the example. πŸ™‚

    • You should try ot! πŸ˜‰ I suppose it would be an idea to pick my herbs early in the morning and keep them in a vase ready for cooking later in the day!

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