Saturday, October 10, 2009

LaVerne's in the Garden

The Tea rose, ‘Mme. Antoine Rebe’ is considered single petaled. For you folk that think you need to have lots of petals... take a look at this girl. Quite spectacular I must say.

Blue is Mealy Blue Salvia (S. farinacea). A dependable bloomer is our gardens.

Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida) is the yellow. Native to Central America is root hardy to us in South Central Texas. Drought tolerant and will thrive in poor soils. The black jelly bean (anise) scent of this fall blooming marigold reminds us of its herbal qualities.

Since French Tarragon is almost impossible to grow in our gardens (too hot, too humid, and sometimes too wet) we use Mexican Mint Marigold but in a lesser amount as the flavor is very pronounced. The leaves can be used in a tea, bouquet garni, butters or cheese spreads.

No room for a rose garden and an herb garden? Put them all in one spot. Enjoy!

Smelling the Roses