Spring Gardening Leads To DIY Gifts

Betty's Garden Statue graciously and steadfastly adorns our herb & vegetable garden…this time with "volunteer" flowers popping up

Betty’s Garden Statue graciously and steadfastly adorns our herb & vegetable garden…”volunteer” flowers are popping up – newly planted heirloom tomatoes are in the back bed…red onions, blueberries, Italian parsley and a new petite Myer Lemon Tree are planted in the bed behind our lady with vessel statue.

The whole family comes to our yard for Easter…it’s been happening here for over 25 years.  Usually there is an egg hunt, then our traditional Easter dinner, starting and ending with family favorite Italian dishes.  Two to four weeks out, I begin getting the yard in shape for the onslaught of guests and egg hunters.  I lucked out with the weather last week and not only got my heirloom tomatoes (seven varieties) and herbs in, but also trimmed back several small trees, bushes, and generally spruced up the lily garden etc etc etc…I just love this time of year.  Below is a photo journal of my two days working in the backyard.

This weekend's herb planting...

This weekend’s herb planting…three French lavenders and a little Italian oregano and parsley to fill in as the lavender grows in pots on our courtyard patio…the fragrance is light and lovely  – Below are the beds with tomatoes and three basil plants…sweet basil, Italian basil, and a new one called blue basil (looks a lot like a small Thai basil leaf )…these various tomatoes and basils are staged for some incredible summer caprese salads…along w/ my gorgeous chives and thyme.

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As I was whacking away at my bay laurel tree (inherited from my Mom’s backyard over 13 years ago), I felt badly about throwing the cut branches into the refuse bin…there were a lot of wonderful bay leaves going to waste…so I decided to dry some and bottle them as gifts for family and friends…the kids may get candy; however, the adults will go home with dried laurel bay leaves 🙂    Excellent in flavoring your sauces, soups, and many braised dishes.

Pruned Bay Laurel Tree…hmmm, what to do with all the leaves and cut branches…clean them, dry them, and bottle them… (disclosure:  the correct wording should be "Bay Laurel (not Laurel Bay as I have on this one label)…My sister caught the error on the first one but I am a bit lazy today and didn't reshoot the photo… :-(  ) These will be gifts for our Easter guests as I had lots of leaves…I even got to use this raffia that my good friend Panini Girl gave me…thank you Panini Girl :-)

Pruned Bay Laurel Tree…hmmm, “what to do with all the leaves and cut branches”… I decided to clean them, dry them, and bottle them… (disclosure: the correct wording should be “Bay Laurel (not Laurel Bay as I have on this one label)…My sister caught the error on the first one but I am a bit lazy today and didn’t reshoot the photo… 🙁 )
These will be gifts for our Easter guests as I had lots of leaves…I used raffia that my good friend Panini Girl gave me…thank you Panini Girl 🙂

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This morning, I enjoyed my cup of tea while perusing the overnight plant growth.  I was dismayed to see a bit of chewed up leaves on my basil, the good news is that I planted plenty of basil…oh well, I don’t mind sharing a little bit.

 

4 Comments

  1. L!
    Im so feeling your garden and how beautiful it all looks! Your words are poetry in motion….Thanks for sharing~

    • Thanks S for your comments…miss seeing you but am glad to keep in touch via my garden 🙂

  2. There are so many lovely scents in your garden and what a thoughtful gift with the leaves in jars. I hope you’re going to do a post about the egg hunt anon. 🙂

    • Will do…the kids love the egg hunt almost as much as the adults do 🙂
      I used to work for Mars Candy and am known to have lots of great sweets on hand for kids of all ages…