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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Juice, Coco, Thyme, Hibiscus, Garden, & Anise Hyssop


Another blogger posted she made Blackberry-Lemonade Concentrate so thought I would try it with some of my blackberries.  You can can it but I froze mine.  You add half water, carbonated water or ginger ale to it to drink.  I only had water so added that.  It is okay but I think would be better with carbonated water or ginger ale instead of plain water. 



Coco would really like to get into the garden area with us to help!  Some help she would be! lol  The only thing she is good for is loving and she gets lots of that!



Here is some more thyme waiting for me to take off the stems.  A tedious job that I dislike!  Oh, well, maybe it will build character.  My husband would probably agree that I already am a character!


We planted a Hibiscus and this is our very first bloom!  We were so excited to see this bloom today.  I love them.



The Pole Beans are over the top!  No beans yet.  Just blossoms.  Can't wait but will have to be careful picking as the Cleome is mixed in with them, and  hope we don't accidentally eat those seeds!



I planted this little patch of lettuce awhile back.  So far it has survived the terrible heat we have had.  I need to get another patch started real quick like.  Love my salads!



This is Pak Choi.  The last planting of it did not turn out so I am hoping for better results this time!


The lavender flowered Anise Hyssop turned out very pretty afterall.  At first I didn't think it would show up well on the white fence.  It must have grown some more also as at first the Monarda was almost as tall as the Anise Hyssop.







12 comments:

nutmeg gardener said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I am not very good with flowers and hope to improve that in the future. That lettuce looks great! I'm really missing salads now that our lettuce is past. I have a new patch but something ate the seedlings down and the hot weather stunted it. Hopefully after this week's rain it will grow some.

Shawn Ann said...

My mom's dogs just like to tear up the garden....
I sat last year on the patio taking leaves off of the thyme and it is a tedious task that I dislike as well!
I just noticed a few of those little pak choi seedlings popping up in my garden this morning too! Hope they turn out well!

Stoney Acres said...

Everything is looking great. I've wanted a Hibiscus for years but I can't seem to find a spot for it in the yard, just too many veggies!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi nutmeg gardener, I hope your lettuce grows well for you this time. I miss it when I don't have any. You got a great harvest of potatoes! Hope I get some! Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Shawn Ann, I hope we both get some Pak Choi! Our Coco likes to help herself and eat everything in the garden. That is why we have to fence it in. She even ate the hostas down to the ground! We do feed her dog food! lol Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Stoney Acres, Oh, if we could only have the room to grow all we would like to! I do enjoy the flowers! Good luck on finding room for some! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Sue said...

I love your Anise Hyssop--I have several "volunteers" popping up here and there. Smells good and the bees sure do love it!

Do you dry or freeze your herbs?

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Sue, Don't ya just love those volunteers!! I mostly dry my herbs. I don't use a lot that I dry but I do like my thyme and parsley. I just dry them too altho I know they say you have a better color is you dry the parsley in the dehydrator but I have been happy with just laying mine on a rack or hanging. I have also hung herbs on my wall in the kitchen just for looks! lol Thanks for taking time to visit! Nancy

Lisa said...

Nancy, I am simply amazed.... i.e. impressed!.... with the variety of vegetables you are growing and harvesting! You are an inspiration. Your pup looks like she is very sweet and well-loved!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Oh, Lisa, Thank you for your encouraging words. I feel I grow so little compared to others but it is nice to have home grown added to our meals!! Thanks for stopping by! Come again! Nancy

Kathryn D. Duke said...

I enjoyed catching up on your posts...and your lovely veggies!!! How do you like those new plastic freezer tubs?
It does look like half a robin egg could have been left in the nest...I have a small collection of eggs shells in my kitchen window...

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Kathryn, The new round freezer tubs are okay for certain things. It is about right for a serving of peaches for our lunch. I like the square better for space saving. Those I have are old and I haven't been able to find anymore like them. A collection of egg shells is not a usual collection I hear of. Are they all different colors? Thank you for taking the time to visit. Come again! Nancy