Friday, May 18, 2012

In the Garden


 The rain let up for a few days and yesterday I was able to get in the garden. I did a bit of weeding and sowed some corn, as well as setting out some basil  and a  rosemary plant -- purported to be hardy in our climate.  We'll see.

 Above -- a bed crowded with garlic chives, thyme, and rue (the yellow flowered stuff.)
 What does one do with rue, anyway? It's very bitter. 
I planted it because I like its other name:Herb of Grace.

The first of the Japanese iris are blooming . . .
And late in the afternoon, it rained -- perfect for that corn that just got in the ground!
 
Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

Ms. A said...

Um um um... corn. Love it!

Martin said...

Nice when the weather plays ball, and works hand in hand with the gardener.

Brian Miller said...

ha i am not even sure what a rue is honestly....the iris look nice....

Elora said...

While Rue has a history of being used to "treat" many illnesses (without receiving any notable credits for "success" in doing so...) Rue is considered "unsafe." So you should not ingest it. According o my Rodale's Encyclopedia of Herbs, "large doses can cause violent gastrointestinal pain and vomiting, mental confusion, prostration, and convulsive twiching. Could stimulate an abortion, Overexsposure to sunlight after ingesting rue can result in severe sunburn, and handling the fresh herb or its juice can cause redness, swelling, and even blistering of the skin..." need I say more???!! You just might..."rue" the day!

Elora

Barbara Rogers said...

Great garden pics. What is your elevation? I've got basil growing too, and I think I'm at about 2800 feet. But some little bug is eating it. Suggestions? (preferably organic?)

Kath said...

Now this is Organic! And lovely.

Kath said...

Now this is Organic! And lovely.

Suz said...

thanks for the peek
My rue doesn't have flowers like that , but rather a dangling fringie flower
I'll have to look into this
hadn't heard it was a dangerous plant...eek

Bouncin Barb said...

You most definitely have a piece of heaven there Vicki. Beautiful place and full of nature's beauty.

Evalinn said...

That looks lovely! :-)

Darla said...

Love the profusion of chives, thyme and rue.

Merisi said...

The light, amazing!
So much work behind all that beauty, amazing.