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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Green Twine

Garden chives wrapped in green twine.
This green garden twine is pleasing me very much these days.  I found it at the garden store and I've been using it for everything, it's a humble bit of string yet it's the perfect shade of green, just the thing for tying up some herbs from the garden.
I hopped on my bicycle the other evening to go visit a friend and I wrapped up these chives on my way out of the garden.  Garden chives are good in everything and like all herbs high in phytonutrients.  I'm adding them to lunch and dinner these days.
I'm planning to finish planting my herb and flower garden today.  I've got some Sweet Cicely going in, some Lovage and about twelve more lavender plants.
Have an excellent day Tooties.
xoxDani

37 comments:

  1. I love green garden twine too - use it when staking plants as it is so less offensive! I have a ton of lovage and am pleased to say that most of my lavender survived, but I am also going to plant some more in pots on the deck as they are just too divine! I am also continuing to dig up mint - it is one bugger! i wish I had listened to my friend who suggested keeping it to pots...

    I may have to go into some minty business!

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    1. WMM I've had experience with mint, it grows like crazy and definitely takes over. But think of all the mint juleps you can have this summer! I planted some this year- in the ground- which I may end up regretting, but it is a different variety (chameleon fish mint) and I put it under the apple tree, I hope it fills that space but I'll have to keep an eye on it!

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    2. I love the mints. I have white mint under grape vines, spearmint everywhere. The only "hard" liquor drink I do-- muddle mint in a shaker, add ice, vodka, St Germain, lime juice; shake and strain. Viola-- a treeline! The recipe calls or simple syrup, too, but I don't use.

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  2. I love chives but I wish I liked them more without the sour cream and potato chips...PS I had to remind myself about the book club and read a bit of the book yesterday :)

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    1. Dani,
      What's lovage?

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    2. Coulda Woulda don't worry you have plenty of time to read the book, more than a month! Potato chips, I have to stay away from them completely.
      Anon Lovage is a tall herb that is quite traditional, it can be used to flavour many things, it has a celery taste, I bought mine here:
      http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?product=X3780&show=all&prodclass=&cart_id=928863.13507

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  3. I love chives as well, also spring onions. They are the first thing to come up in the garden and the last thing to fade in the autumn. It's so nice to have them fresh from the garden, rather than buying from the grocery store (Loblaws sources their herbs from far-flung places like Israel and Colombia!). Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Louise mine are so easy to grow and are also first up in spring, they are so cheery that way. I just planted another bunch with a white flower!

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  4. Dani, this is one of the most romantic, bucolic posts you have ever written,

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    1. Aww thanks Tabs! I saw you on FF's blog! She gave you the 11/10 hair award, I knew she would.

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    2. Tabs did look elegant but that's no surprise!

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    3. Hostess I know, Tabs is both elegant and a party, qualities not normally seen together!

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  5. STRING THEORY Dani, love that fabric backdrop in the photo - tablecloth? And Tabs is right, simple is beautiful and happiness is chic. Going to see if I can rent a Bixi bike for a spin down to waterfront tonight.

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    1. GF yes Monkey Tablecloth, it always reminds me of Uncle Tom who was an Olympic gymnast, I've had it for years and even as it fades it is still one of my favourites.

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  6. Cute little monkey on the tablecloth. I love table linens with interesting characters. I hope your lavender plants work out well for you, I think you should have the perfect climate. Are you planning to use lavender in some recipes? I'm curious to see what all you do with it. I have several plants and all I do is make sachets, which are useful but I'd like to branch out a bit and use it as an ingredient too.

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    1. xoxo Don't want to use much of the dried as will taste like perfume. But if you have fresh stems, think of using them like rosemary - fruit or seafood skewers. It can also be nice to make lavender sugar (just stick the flowers in a jar with white sugar for a couple of weeks, like you would with a vanilla bean pod) and then use in cake, cookies or sweet rolls. The classic French trick is in creme brulee custard.

      I like Rachel Khoo (Little Paris Kitchen) and her recipe for Lavender Chicken is also easy good. You can find the video online if book does not interest you, or so simple just flip for it at your local bookstore.

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    2. xoxo I can't say it better than GF though I don't cook with lavender, MrBP who is otherwise completely unfussy really can't tolerate the taste of lavender in anything. I'm using mine for sachets and growing lots so I can send to friends who don't have full-sun gardens (like GF and Tabs).
      I have a good friend who makes a delicious lavender scone, really something nice to serve with tea, I'm making a note to myself now to get the recipe for you!

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    3. Thanks for the tips GetFresh. I may dare myself to try it in the kitchen this year.

      Dani, I regularly put sachets in gifts, especially at Christmas. People love them and the sachets last and last. I've put them into my purses and shoes too, when I'm not wearing them of course. It's not that they have a bad smell but the lavender does make them smell nice.

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    4. I want to cook more with lavender, too. So far I've pretty much only infused with it, but I am going to find this lavender chicken recipe Get Fresh speaks of. That sounds yummy. Lavender lemonade is just delicious (made with a lavender-infused simple syrup), I love a Bee Sting cocktail with lavender lemonade, and Ina's pound cake with lavender-infused honey makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Too bad it is beastly hot here all of a sudden or I would whip one up. Herb-infused honeys make a nice gift, with some cookies or tea or both.

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  7. What a pretty present these chives make! When the wild blue lupines begin blooming this week, I combine them with chive blossoms for little bouquets. Isn't it grand to have the growing season upon us?

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    1. Lane what a gorgeous combination. Please start a blog about your garden!!

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  8. I had to google to discover what was a garden twine! We haven't been able to do anything so far in gardens. A friend of mine who is absolutely passionate about garden started early May when we had one or two days sun and said it is so frustrating. As our temperatures are so low, nothing is growing:-( I am not very optimistic for the flowers I planted... Still with jumpers, coats and boots... Have a great day Dani.

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    1. Oh Steph, I wish I could transport you over here for a few sunny days, enough time to enjoy a bit of sun but also early enough to get away from the mosquitos. I have lost some seedlings to the cold weather I think but I overplanted so it should fill in just fine. Still boots, nooo!

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  9. oh, so sweet. I love chives!

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    1. ajc are you growing some in your garden? They are so easy and they come back even up here in Canada, perfect plant for a gardener like me.

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  10. Green twine. It even sounds wonderful!

    My girls used to eat chives out of the garden when they were little and I wasn't looking. Little stinkers!

    My sister in law has a lovely recipe for lavender and honey biscotti XOXO--if you want it you can contact me through Dani. I love it, it isn't too overpowering.

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    1. Dannie great minds think alike. I'm planning to get that recipe, it's perfect isn't it! I hope you're coming by for a visit soon.

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  11. Hi Dani, oh a perfect gift something so wonderful grown yourself!
    The twine is getting a lot of use!!

    I hope you will enter my giveaway from Segreto Secrets!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Hi Karena I hope you are well! I'll come by an see what you're up to.

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  13. I was so tickled when I noticed our gardener had planted chives in one of our raised bins (I love them with scrambled eggs). Usually there's just lettuce and parsley and salad growing there (for regular fresh salads) and this summer the gardener added chives and sage and other herbs. Someday I'll have time to do the gardening myself!

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    1. LTee I don't know that gardener sounds like a keeper!

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  14. Hoy cow, twelve MORE lavender plants! I love it! I have no problem thinking in multiples in almost every other area, but it never occurs OT me to put in multiple herbs. I feel a trip to the nursery is in order. Stat.

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    1. Hi mommydearest, I'm planning to harvest lavender this year! I'm actually putting more in, a friend of mine is a landscape architect and he's ordering me some larger sized lavender, it's a good thing because I lost a few plants in the storms last week.

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  16. Homemade/homegrown gifts are the best. What a thoughtful gift for your friend!

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