The drink du jour is Pinot Grigio, made even more delicious by the addition of a lemon verbena leaf. Lemon verbena, if you have never smelled it, is more lemony than a lemon tree and all of its parts. A single leaf can make even a cheap white wine taste expensive.
Not that I’d ever serve you a cheap Pinot Grigio. As an invited guest, you receive “top shelf” treatment.
SWOOSH! We are in the Herb Garden now. As you might recall from a previous post, I designed this little 4-bed plot in the L-shaped nook where two wings of the house join together. You can see the garden’s design details in this post.
The second bed features Swiss chard in the fore, and flat-leaved parsley in the back. Planted between the chard and the parsley, but not in view in the photo above, is a row of romaine lettuce. Romaine, in my experience, doesn’t faint in summer heat like so many other salad greens.
And speaking of space hogs! The four beds you’ve just seen were originally planted with thyme, oregano, and other perennial herbs. Can you guess what happened? They grew and grew, to the point where the beds looked unkempt. So now I keep these invasives confined to big terra cotta pots, located at the south end of the herb garden.
Back to the beans! Lily the Beagle loves haricot vert as much as I do. In summer, they play a role in her Look-Great, Feel-Great Diet Plan. Blanched and chilled, the beans are delicious in salads. But they are at their sweetest, I think, when consumed raw.
And do you recall the boxwood cuttings I inserted along the perimeter of each bed back in April? I pulled up a single cutting this morning, and discovered it had rooted. (You can see the root in the fuzzy photo above. It’s between the two red arrows.) And I’ve seen new growth emerging from lots of other cuttings. Soon I’ll have a forest of boxwood, achieved for no cost at all.
Well. I hope you enjoyed this little stroll. I certainly enjoyed your company.
In the comments field below, talk to me about the size of your own veggie patch. Is it too big? Too small? Or is it…just right ?
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