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Saturday, June 19, 2010

parsley, sage, rosemary and THYME


The scents from my herbs remind me that I have much more in my urban (NYC) garden than my Paeonia suffruitticosa, Clematis lanuginosa, and H.F. Young Clemantis. In fact, the number of my trees, shrubs, flowering plants and herbs totals a little over fifty. 

My variety of herbs grow with a sense of purpose, providing heavy aromas which often attract honey bees - especially the lavender and thyme. Thymus, the last of the "Simon and Garfunkel herbs" (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme) is certainly not last with me. I have three types of thyme in my garden. My Thymus vulgaris (English thyme) has small with gray green leaves. It is excellent in a liqueur.
It enhances  a variety of foods, including soups, sauces, herb butters and vinegars. It is an essential component in in the blend of herbs known as bouquet garni. I grow it in a terra-cotta clay-bowl, and like to watch its fabulous foliage trail over the top of the container. My Thymus citriodorus ('Aureus' or variegated lemon thyme), like its sister, is grown in a lovely, low, terra-cotta clay-bowl. This variety has gold-splashed leaves and their lemon scent makes them a culinary delight. The honey-bees love this plant, and I love the lemon-thyme honey that results from their endeavors. My Thymus citrioorus ('Argenteus' or silver-edged thyme) is also a culinary delight and a bouquet garni essential. 

This type of thyme is a bushy, rounded shrub with white edged leaves. Like the others, Thymus vulgaris and Thymus citriodous, I grow it in a low terra-cotta clay-bowl and watch it spill over the bowl. I have rendered an image of this into an invitation which can be seen at the top of this post.


2019 ADDENDUM: 

I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured below...


...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author. 


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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