There is nothing like the scent of lavender .. not your messed up talc powder or ancient soap little old ladies use *GASP* ! ... fresh, gorgeous lavender picked from your own plants !
Rosemary is another essential to me each year .. the smell of that in the Autumn when I am stripping the leaves off to jar .. that "essential oil" on my hands is like human cat nip to me .. another "warm fuzzy' place type of atmosphere I can lose myself in : )
This year I placed an order with Richters for some specific herbs in plant form.
It is a bit pricey .. but I was so curious and of course my best excuse is that I try it out for my fellow Canadian gardeners so they will know what the quality is like and perhaps be tempted to do so themselves some year .. reasonable excuse right ? I am doing this for all of us !! phew !
So .. what did I order ?
Well one of them was a plant that my friend Rose who lives a little further south in Ontario and has access to a lot of different nurseries (lucky woman !) .. she went ga ga over an oregano called "Kent Beauty"
All of the preceding photos are from sites on the net !
Highland Cream Lemon Thyme .. a rather convoluted name for a sweet little variegated herb .. I have a hard time finding good strong plants of it here so I decided to try for a mail order type .. lemon scent is perfect of course (I am a lemon fan) and the variegation is so pretty .. brings your eyes to it quickly !
Raspberry Royal Sage ... is a later blooming sage and is supposed to be a real magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies .. well all the pollinators love it ... the flowers are brilliant and pack a little punch later in the season.
To the lavenders we go !
I have quite a few lavenders sprinkled through the garden .. a ring of Provence in the back garden that I harvest in the Autumn .. they have long wands that are perfect to dry.
I love white lavender .. like I love white roses .. white grabs me for some reason .. so when I see white versions of plants they catch my attention.
I had a white lavender just a couple of years ago .. but it died out and I had no idea which one it was because I picked it up from a big box store table and didn't pay attention to the name .. the label could be hiding in one of my tag boxes but for now I am fixated on "White Spike" fingers crossed !!
You can't go long without a new wonderful blue/purple lavender .. varieties are popping up all over the place. Blue Cushion is a more compact , continual blooming one as long as the dead heading, or my harvesting, keeps up with collecting the flower stalks.