Herbarium series #2

I recently had a bit of a herb dilemma. I had heard and read somewhere that it's not a good thing to let your herbs flower - something about all its energies going into producing seeds and the leafy bits not tasting as good and worse of all, the plant may actually die after seeding. But I was really really curious about what my herb flowers looked like, plus I wanted to use them in salads since they are edible and I wanted to continue with my herbarium series, after having so much fun with Part 1.

In the end, curiosity (and my blogger instincts) prevailed and I allowed my herbs to flower, photographed them and then, as quickly as I could, snipped off all the flowering ends on the plants to prevent its imminent death. Not sure if it'll work or not, but I sure gave it a lot of thought.





How sweet are the snow white oregano flowers? And how knew chives made dandelion-like blooms? Or that parsley leaves get less curly as they start to flower?

I'm really quite smitten with this mini blog series. I get to play botanist, artist, collector and it's a ton of fun.

Stay tuned for more!

42 Responses to Herbarium series #2

Sarah Jane said...

What a fun post series!
Our Chives and Parsley flower frequently, and they still live just fine! We have white & purple chive flowers, they last quite well in water & look pretty mixed with other flowers.
Have a great week!
xo

Anouka said...

So beautifully presented! Great photos; I find it very interesting to look at herbs from your perspective.

Sarah B said...

They're lovely. My herbs always go to flower and seed and yes, I don
t think it's a good idea if you want to get lots of herb growth. For some reason I struggle to get herbs to grow well.
This is a really lovely series :)

Deanne Langford said...

I find it annoying when coriander goes to seed really quickly and then you can't use it!

Pamela RG said...

Amazing! Great photos. I hope you can dry them and place them in photo frames.

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Oh these are so beautifully laid out, I never realized how pretty these little herbs are!

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I love this series. Hello Trishie!

lucent imagery said...

yes, I've heard the same thing. I let a basil plant flower once and it didn't recover. But the flowers were so pretty!

Alice said...

Wow! I never knew this was what herbs looked like if you let them flower. Beautiful. x

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

So pretty, I had no idea!

Stephanie G said...

i love your herbarium series of photos, i remember the first post. beautifully styled and photographed trishie!

steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I like this very much. They're so pretty. Looking forward to seeing more.

Carrie said...

I really can't help but admire your photography skills!!! It's so pretty. And the herbs are so green, it's amazing.

:)
Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

aliceinbo said...


Trishie, this photos are awesome.Beautiful!

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Shirley Tay said...

Does the scent come from your blog? I could smell it all the way from here. Hahaha! So fun, my dear!

Ms George {Life at the Coop} said...

I keep snipping off the flowers but they keep coming back! My herbs never do what I want them to!

Gaby said...

gotta love your "blogger instinct." lovely photos!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love herbs, these photos are just beautiful! Wishing it weren't so hot here and that I could get parsley to grow.

xo Mary Jo

La cucina di Molly said...

Grazie della tua visita, รจ molto bello il tuo blog! Ciao

Veronyca Sufry said...

great photos, it is obviously very interesting !

xoxo
verockstar.blogspot.com

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

I'm terrible at letting my herbs flower. The flowers on mint are lovely and purple :)

Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

Amy K said...

humm... Interesting! I have never grown my own herbs.

Much Love

The Electric Heart Girl said...

Lot of Herbs, eh!
got some knowledge on it, THANKS

Happy New Year.
<3
The Electric Heart Girl

rooth said...

Oh I'm so glad that you let them flower because they look so delicate and lovely

Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

This is cute actually, haha. As a kid I had two large bushes of chive in my part of our garden (yes, my parents gave me a small lot to grow my own flowers!) and I always let the plan blossom. I never died, in fact, it's still standing tall after about 5 years now! :) Their purple blooms are so pretty!! x

Peet said...

Cool, I've never seen PARSLEY blossom! Or chives for that matter.:)

JellyBones said...

These photos are lovely! I am a huuuuge herb fan. So easy to grow and so tasty to use.
Trish

www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

francisdodson said...

These are such beautiful pictures! x

Sam said...

The flowers are quite pretty, i think my parsley is about to bloom anyway now, thanks for the advice, I had no idea about that.

Natalie said...

Lovely photos!

Camila Carneiro said...

I'm very much obsessed with parsley.
I looove it! Makes everything taste good ;)
Nice photos, btw!
xoxo
The Brazilian Way of Life
www.camilagcarneiro.blogspot.com.br

helen said...

wow, these are AMAZING. love how you let your herbs flower... they're so sweet and pretty!

FASHION TALES said...

Lovely post. I think herbs are the only things that I can grow, lol. I love the photos and so happy that xou let them flower for us to see. xx/Madison

Jo N said...

So pretty. Looking forward to this series.

Gillian said...

I always let my herbs flower, but that's more to do with me being a useless gardener than any aesthetic reasons! I love it when chives flower - they are just so beautiful.

Gillian

maria said...

gorgeous photos!!
hope you had a wonderful new year and thank you for taking the time to write a comment on my blog xxx

Meryl said...

These are lovely! I'll echo the people who say to let 'em flower. (And then you can collect the seeds and replant!)

indie by heart said...

Oh lovely ! I love your botanical series here :) Like "dip dyed" daisies and such. ^^

Satu
Indie by heart

Gina Norman said...

aren't flowering herbs beautiful!!! I discovered that on accident a while back, and I couldn't believe they went to a whole other level, God is so cool that way!

xo

Jenee C. said...

How fabulous! Who knew chives bloomed purple flowers. I really liked part one of this series but you have outdone yourself with the second part. I do hope you decide to do a part three. Wonderful photos as always dear. Hope you had a relaxing holiday.

xx Jenee C.
{camo meets couture}

Catherine said...

Herb flowers are beautiful aren't they:) I think it's ok to let your herbs flower that way you can collect the seeds and grow new plants. I have done that once with my basil plant.

Pink Ronnie said...

Love this series so much - the photos you've captured are just beautiful. You could get them framed!
Ronnie xo