Herbarium series #1

It's not often that a plant's leaves are more celebrated and more recognisable than its flowers. Not unless they are a herb or a vegetable of course. Before I had my own vegetable garden, I never gave this much thought; herbs just came in sleeves from the fridge section of the supermarket, right?

But in the last few months, I have had the chance to observe the life cycle of my herbs from start to finish.  So I've discovered that herbs have flowers. Lovely flowers. And apparently many are edible too. I like to add them to salads, uncooked. It pretties up even the most boring salad.
Rocket
Rocket seedpods and flowers
Sage
Sage leaves and flowers
Oh and look - they can be decorative too. I do like the smell of sage in the house. Simple joys.
What have you discovered in your garden lately?

50 Responses to Herbarium series #1

look see said...

Lovely photos! :)

Erica said...

How lovely to decorate with herbs. I love the vein detail in the rocket flowers. So lovely.

nancy said...

beautiful! good on you for noticing such sweet little things :)

Grace said...

This is so interesting! Love the pictures

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Ocean Dreams said...

They are very pretty - I love how naturalistic and beautiful they are!

sonia de macedo said...

These photos are so beautiful!

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EV said...

They're all so pretty<3

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Nat Wears Clothes said...

That is an amazing idea and looks beautiful ♥

xx

Nat

Stephanie G said...

hey trishie these photos are great! love that you took detailed shots, i've always attested that mother nature is the greatest artist :) enjoyed reading your vegie patch post too, have just started my own little garden on our balcony and i can't wait for stuff to grow. have the all-important chili plant that i bought at only 100mm last weekend and it's already sprouted some new leaves :) wish i had a bit more space though, all my plants are in pots at the moment.

as for marrow it's quite a rich moreish dish and some tell me an acquired taste! but if you like meat you'll most likely enjoy it - all you have to do is google anthony bourdain marrow and parsley salad :)

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Kdotorg said...

Such a beautiful post! I love letting my herbs flower, my favourite is the Chive flower, a beautiful lilac dandelion-esque thing.
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Nicole Sanders said...

I like to decorate the house sometimes with herbs & enjoy the wonderful fragrance they give out. Great photography of your herbs:)

Juanita said...

My neighbour must be super in their trimming of the sage -- they have a huge plant, but no flowers! Whenever I grow mine, they end up as flower bushes, so I never use the leaves. Good to know the flowers can be eaten!

Anouka said...

Great photos! I wish I had the time for gardening. My mum has a passion for it and that's where I learn a few things here and there. Have a great week!

tinajo said...

Very pretty display - love this!

Lucent Imagery said...

This is wonderful! When I had basil though, I learnt that if you let it flower it takes away energy from the making of the herb leaves themselves?? The plant didn't do well after that. I love your photos and I too would be enjoying the scent of those freshly picked leaves.

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Diana Marks said...

They really are a great decoration! Lovely post!
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Patricia González Fernández said...

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Manon said...

Beautiful photos!

Gillian said...

Everything is starting to die down in our garden now, but chives do have the most beautiful flowers - big and round and purple. I never realised this until I grew my own herbs!

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

these are beautiful photos - and the way you are describing them makes me sound so fragrant i can imagine it.

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Jenee C. said...

Stunning photography! I love the way you've arranged each component, so beautifully presented. You'll have to show me how you get your photos to be so textural one day.

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Laura Go said...

having your own garden is super rewarding. These shots are bril, I love edible pretty plants!

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Deborah D said...

Great blog dear,love it!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

SUch a beautiful study! They're just gorgeous and you're right. The scents can be incredible :)

Diva In Me said...

Interesting and I like the last picture. Looks like a great deco on a dining table.
I don't have a garden =( I don't make a very good housewife =P

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Sakuranko said...

Lovely post really cute pictures...

xoxo

Briseidy said...

lovely!

Ice Pandora said...

Very interesting c: So
nice to hear you had a
vegetable garden!

xx

helen said...

these are really gorgeous. they look like they belong in a museum. :)

Stephanie Lam said...

I have a little herb garden and my sage is growing so fast!! Never thought of using them as decorative flowers, such a great idea!!

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Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love herbs too--I have so much rosemary growing (it has the pretty lavender blossoms) that I usually cut some in vases, just to smell nice--I usually forget to cook with it though. Lately I've been growing succulents in the backyard, that's my new mini-hobby.

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Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

Trishie, your photos are absolutely beautiful. I went back previous posts and I just adore what you'd done with the layout and photos. I know next to nothing about plants but I'm hoping to buy little herb pots for my window sill. I don't have a garden which is just as well seeing that I'm well known amongst my friends and family as the plant murderer.

Sam said...

With this cold spring weather we're having, my herb garden is struggling a bit. Only the mint and rocket are flourishing. Have tried to plant sage as yet.

Sandy Ang said...

your herb photos are amazing. i've been snapping the agaves in mine

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Sadly we have no garden on the 21st floor!! I'm very jealous of your herb garden, miss having one of those. Gorgeous images Trishie!

honey my heart said...

so beautiful. what awesome and different states of herbs.

Pink Ronnie said...

These are beautiful photos Trishie. It's so true that we so often just discard (and disregard) and the flowers that come with herbs and vegetables! I love this idea for a series.

I only just read your vegetable patch post, which has been very inspiring, because Rick and I are only just considering starting a vegetable garden of our own.

Do you have any tips and advice to share? Maybe you could write a post about it (hint, hint, hehe).

Ronnie xo

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

I tell ya, you learn something new everyday:p Nice pix!:)

Paulina said...

Very pretty :)

Bree said...

These are cool ideas! I agree, sage smells amazing. :)

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Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

2 :) and what a great idea to add the flowers to salads :) lovely! I really want my own vegetable garden some day :)

Kei said...

I wish I had a garden! the herb flowers are so cute :) thanks for sharing love!

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jo said...

Hey Trishie, I don't have a green thumb, but I love herbs though. Love these pics!

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Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Great photos! I love cooking with fresh herbs and - as you pointed out - keeping them in pretty containers in the kitchen. I'm still picking fresh rosemary from my garden pots - probably not for much longer though judging by the current weather... xo

Marie said...

Beautiful photos! I always prefer to cook with fresh herbs. And yes, they are really decorative too :)
xx Marie

Saphira Thenalia said...

oh greennn...absolutely touching my heart!nature always cured me ;)

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Stephanie said...

Very cool and interesting!

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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

STUNNING photos. Thank you for sharing your garden finds! I wish I had a garden!
xo,
nancy