If you love growing herbs as much as I do, then you might consider bringing sprigs of them inside and enjoy.
This morning I went out early and snipped five small bouquets of herbs.
I like to stand and wash dishes and stare out at my patio garden. But when the sun is bearing down on the window, I keep the curtains closed.
And that’s when I like to go outside to the patio and snip some herbs to bring inside.
(I have a dishwasher I’ve never used, much preferring the old-fashioned task of washing dishes by hand. I use my dishwasher for storage.)
What you see above is licorice. I started buying licorice last year.
The licorice plant is grown specifically for its foliage and scent. The scent isn’t very strong. However I like the delicately textured leaves.
Herbs On My Windowsill:
From left to right, there is pineapple sage, which has a delectable scent. Then there is eucalyptus, licorice, mint and lemon balm.
I meant to snip a few sprigs of lemon verbena, which has a very strong and luscious scent, but I decided to stop at five small bottles of herbs.
I can no longer gather flower bouquets and set them on the table. Ivy would have herself a rip-roaring time taking the flowers apart in short order.
But I can still enjoy my herbs up on the kitchen window sill. Because she has yet to get up on the kitchen counter, mischievous though she is.
This hanging galvanized container is wonderful for keeping certain utensils close at hand in the kitchen. It has scissors, spatulas, a can opener and a variety of other things I often need.
I hung it just to the left of the window above the sink.
Small Space Living Tip:
You don’t have to have utensils on your counter top. If you don’t have much room in your kitchen, consider hanging them in a container on the wall.
Herbs have been a big part of my life for over 30 years. I belonged to an herb society way back when and learned a lot about them. That’s when I began to buy books about herbs as well.
Symbolism Of Herbs:
There is much symbolism when it comes to herbs. For instance dill is considered powerful against evil.
Mint is symbolic of virtue. Lavender stands for devotion. Lemon balm represents sympathy.
Herbs were very important during the Victorian era.
Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837 to 1901, and for gardeners on both sides of the Atlantic, her reign stands as one of the most fascinating periods in our history. Never before had so much technology and manpower been dedicated to horticulture.
People in the middle and upper classes in both England and America had become infatuated with the natural world and with horticulture and botany in particular. Source: Mother Earth Living
In my patio garden I also have rosemary and chives, and I’m sure there are other herbs I’m forgetting. Oh, and cinnamon basil came up in the cement crack. I potted a few and gave the rest to Nathan. He loves herbs too.
So far I’ve managed not to kill the rosemary. I have it in its own pot, for I have a tendency to over water.
And the other night I snipped chives to add to a bowl of potato soup. There’s just nothing like eating fresh pungent chives.
So next time you go out in your garden to gather a bouquet, consider your herbs.
You can enjoy the scent as you work in the kitchen and wash your dishes, pondering life.