|Karen serves the eager line with an easy recipe for tasty water freshly run over fresh flowers and citrus slices.|
Karen England was hooked on gardening at the tender age of 12, when she began helping her cousin at the family business Sunshine Gardens. She honed additional skills at college, took three intensives at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. She has provided demonstrations on the wonders of cooking with herbs to guests visiting The Lavender Fields of Valley Center. Teaching how to cook with a single electrical cord in a garden taught her to simplify- a lesson her admirers appreciate.
|On one side of cards with the names of Herb of the Year|
|The Year a Herb was designated for honors is on the reverse.|
Karen was also a board member of the International Herb Association and is a current member of the Vista Garden Club. She tends 2 acres of lucky herbs surrounding her home.
|There was no lack of people lining up to taste the samples.|
- English and French Thyme are the same plant. Thymus vulgaris.
- Dried lavender- as long as they have scent, they have flavor. The little sachets in your drawers- squeeze 'em from time to time. This releases the oils, revitalizing the space with the scent of fields of flowers in bloom.
- For a twist on deviled eggs, grind Herb Provence finely to season the yolks.
- One of the best reasons to grow your own edibles, including herbs to flowers, is you have control how they were grown. The floral stems at the grocery florist- chances are they have been treated with some unpronounceable chemical before being put on display. Be as organic in your practices as you can.
- Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis) is similar to California Bay (Umbellularia californica) . The former will grown in most gardens almost unchanged for about 5 years. On the 5th year, it reaches for the moon. The latter is not as refined in taste- but when I was confirming the facts for this post, I read the blond wood is valued by woodworkers for its fine myrtle lumber.
- Sweet Bay leaves are delicious simmered in long-cooked oatmeal. WARNING: fish the whole leaves out before you partake. Every year, a few poor souls end up in the ER when a whole leaf gets stuck in the throat.
SoCal Hort meetings always feature plant sales, with a portion of the proceeds used to support the organization. Some of the recent temptations include
|Salvia 'Love Child'|
|Dwarf Angel Pelargonium|
|Peach tone clivia from Greenwood Gardens|
|Greenwood Gardens also grows one of the most pleasing yellow clivias on the market|
|This tree-form sea lavender, I've only seen it for sale two places. At the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Garden gift shop- and at SoCal Hort Meetings.|
Until we meet again, Thank YOU for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.