Monday, April 24, 2006

Herb beds

I use a lot of herbs in my bouquets - primarily apple and pineapple mint, dill, fennel, rosemary and lemon balm - to add fragrance and a certain country charm. Poppies look fantastic with fennel flowers, and mint covers up any oniony smellsthat might cling to a bunch of alliums.
This year I have decided to move the herbs and inrease the number that I grow so that regular flower van customers can pick their own herbs for using in cooking. This will be one of the perks of this year's loyalty card - the other perks being a free bunch for every 10 you buy and free samples of flowers I am trialling.
It is very difficult to get large bunches of herbs here - the farm shop at France Farm, Gartacharn does great bunches of parsley and coriander on a Friday but no-where seems to sell big bunches of mint or dill. You need a large number of those wee 25g plastic herb packs to make a decent tabbouleh.
We shall have mint, dill, fennel, parsley, rosemary, coriander, sage and lemon balm.

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