Friday, March 9, 2012


There is nothing like the aroma of Herbs first thing in the morning on a bright summer day. They are at their best when the leaves have been touched by the morning sun and the oils are at their most fragrent.

Having a small farm I am fortunate enough to have a nice large Herb garden. I can sit in my studio and see it.

We built this lovely Thyme Table ( in season it is full of different Thymes) so we can sit in the garden with a cup of tea and touch the beautiful Thyme plants each has their own distinct fragrance.

You do not have to have a large planted Herb garden. I also have pots of Herbs all over my porches in the summer. I walk out of the kitchen to large posts of Rosemary, Thyme, Oregan and Basil on my back porch. It makes it very convenient for cooking but I also just love the look and the smell. You can plant them in small or large pots, individually or group them together in one big pot.

Herbs are so strong, they love the sun and can go without a lot of water for some time. You can plant them in just about anything. Don't you love that idea with the dresser, I might try that.

You can plant a whole selection of Thyme in containers. There are so many varietie, Mother of Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Orange Thyme, Wooly Thyme, Silver Thyme and I am sure a lot more.

Thyme is great to use in walkways, so resiliant that you can walk on it and it pops right back. The second picture is grass but I think Thyme would look great instead.

I cook with Thyme a lot. Not just in Italian dishes. This recipe for Chedder Thyme Gougeres for the lovely Blog WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY YOU KEEP is to die for. Stop by for the recipe.

I must say that my all time favourite Herb would be Rosemary. I just love to have big pots of Rosemary everywhere. I do plant one in the garden but I really love the look of it in pots and it seems to thrive in them. You must plant some Rosemary if it is the only herb you try. I make a Rosemary Lemon Roasted Chicken that everyone loves. So easy just cut some lemons in half squeeze some of the juice into the cavity of the chicken and stuff the lemons and a generous bunch of Rosemary inside. Rub the chicken with Olive Oil and salt and pepper and roast. The fragrance in your kitchen is heavenly.

Herbs are not just used for cooking savory dishes. This delicous ROSEMARY SHORTBREAD from the BLOG Alexandra Cooks is really scrumpcious, stop by her blog for the recipe.

So when you are getting ready this Spring to plant your garden, try some Herbs I guarantee you will get hooked.

Images in this post with the exception of the first three, are from


  1. I love everything about herbs too! I have a small collection going in a garden bed right outside my front door, we get alot of compliments about the scents as you walk in the gate. I love your thyme table, great idea!

  2. I love this idea but am hesitate since everything in my courtyard burns up during the hot, hot and more hot summer. This post is just your pictures.

    Love and Light for all.

  3. Oh Sue, I love this post. Herbs are one of my favorite things to grow, aside from flowers, and I ADORE your thyme table. It is absolutely beautiful. These images are truly inspirational and just made me giddy with spring fever. ;-)

  4. I adore the idea of thyme walkways! My backyard is completely unlandscaped which is exciting as it's a blank canvas, but also extremely overwhelming. I live in the desert, would thyme be able to grow here? Obviously, I'd have to fix the soil a bit, but what do you think?