cilantro gone to flower for coriander seed. delicious and beautiful!
 i had one lone valerian seed from over 6 years ago, which magically germinated. okay, it wasn’t magic because i baby my seeds, ensuring longevity. keeping out of light, heat and moisture is essential. this beauty made it through her first season and is currently growing happily, albeit under much snow, in my yarden.
 beautiful, delicious and potentially a bad idea for planting willy-nilly all over the corners of my allotment, as it is in the mint family, nepitella mentuccia romana. organic seeds purchased from uprising organics.
 saffron crocus bulbs getting ready to be planted in 2016.
 some of the several dozen saffron crocus coming up in my yarden. each beautiful crocus has 3 saffron stamens. plant nerd fact, it takes around 4,600 crocus flowers to produce an ounce of dried saffron. growing your own saffron is super easy, and makes for some amazing aromatics in your kitchen.
 so. much. mint. i dry mint for tea year-round. there is orange mint, pineapple mint, chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint and apple mint growing around my allotment, in the community garden, and in my yarden. remember that mint grows for world domination, so plant in a pot; but those roots are incredibly resilient and will still find their way out and around eventually.
 winter savory gone to flower. so yummy. a beautiful, delicious perennial herb to keep in your garden.
 collecting sage for bundles, cooking, tea and syrup.
 raspberry leaf, also referenced in the fruit section of my website, has some very beneficial properties, especially for us with a uterus and makes a delicious tisane.
 dill flowers. we use these in pickles, bouquets, dried  and frozen for cooking and baking year-round and of course the beautiful blossoms are amazing at attracting beneficial insects to your garden. one dill umbel produces a lot of seed. save them for next year, for your kitchen pantry, or let the seeds self-sow for next year.
 unfurling grandma eink’s dill.
 mammoth dill going strong and absolutely loaded with beneficial insects!
 collecting herbs. yarrow, sage, mint, chives- to dry on homemade racks for use for cooking, baking, tisane and tinctures and salves.
 also found on the flower page of my website, my medicinal white yarrow patch is just beautiful. i have interplanted yarrow with poppies, which give such a burst of color!
 thyme to lie to dry. thyme has to be one the most fantastic perennial herbs to grow in a garden, and takes to being divided very well.
 this is what 500 violets look like. so fragrant, walking out to the mailbox in the spring you’d think someone sprayed febreeze™ all over the sidewalk… my husband may or may not have thought this until i pointed out the violets.   the leaf is also fantastic as an herbal tisane. more on  violet leaf .
 cinnamon basil. my favorite basil. i may or may not be addicted to basil, with 8 varieties in my garden. ;)
 greek oregano which i started from seed in 2018 after needing more, more, more oregano each year. we use a lot of oregano in our food.
 maldovian balm dragonhead. they really do remind me of spiky little dragons. fragrant, gorgeous and a fabulous pollinator plant to have around. seeds originally purchased from baker creek. pinch off leaves and flowers for a really nice herbal tisane. highly recommended.
 three of my favorite basil all started from a tiny seed in 2018, cinnamon basil. so incredibly fragrant, the more you pinch, the bushier it gets. i’ve had some leggy and/or disappointing basil forays over the years. cinnamon basil is by far my favorite… though 2019 holds 13 varieties for me. i have a problem.   also on the outskirts of the photo was lettuce leaf basil, which was good, but destroyed by hail, and lime basil which just bolted every time i turned my head. genovese was epic and is trusty and massive, i sold and gave away over two dozen plants in 2018. i said i have a problem, but at least i share.
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