What a fun day I had on Friday! I make an annual pilgrimage to the Annual Herb Festival at the Asheville Farmer’s Market. We are fortunate to have a large “farm to table” movement in our area and the herb festival is a big event! Some many people with their baskets…dogs…babies…homemade ice cream and glorious herbs.
I had fun buying all of these herbs and will get them in the ground after May 10th. My grandmother had a hard and fast rule of…”nothing out before the 10th of May”! And with our strange weather this year, I am abiding by her rule. I lost my huge old rosemary plant this year that had weathered so many winters, along with several other herbs. So off with my list to the festival…
One of my favorites is French Tarragon!
And I loved finding Lemon Verbena!
Great for making Lemon Verbena Sorbet in the summer.
The garden at Chestnut Cottage is finally waking up and I am so excited that I have two new espalier apple trees. We will get these beauties in the ground this week in the front garden , under my front porch.
Daily, things in the garden are just growing and “greening up”!
This lovely viburnum frames in my fountain so perfectly.
And oh how I love my lupines!
My peonies seem to tease me for weeks. They have these fat, sticky buds and just make me think daily that they are going to burst into flower. But not yet…probably a few week away for the peony festival at Chestnut Cottage!
And my poor lilac bush was split by the very high winds that we had this past week. But it looks like it will just keep reaching for the sun.
Guess what else I found at the Farmer’s Market!… and guess what I made this weekend.
These yummy strawberries were mostly made into strawberry freezer jam over the weekend, with a few left for a new recipe I found in the new May issue of Bon Appetit…Strawberry-Basil Shortcakes. I highly recommend!
New week, of course after May 10th, I will put in all of my window box plants. It is one of my favorite days of the year. More to come on that, so stay tuned to In the Garden!