The photograph above today's blog entry was recently posted on The Last Leaf Gardener's 'Facebook (FB) Page, and I am including it with today's post for my readers who "don't do Facebook" as this image relates to today's content (however I said something else about it on FB).
This picture shows bundles of some of the herbs (which I grow in my urban — NYC — terrace garden) hanging out to dry, before I grind them and put them into jars to give to those near and dear to me for the holidays.
I grow an array of herbs in containers placed throughout my garden, and, I confess, that their scent appeals to me, as well as the classy way in which they appear in their "terra-cotta homes" as evidenced by this photograph of one of my types of Rosmarinus officinalis AKA Rosemary pictured below.
This fact often makes it difficult to cut them, much less harvest or grind them for "fresh herb" culinary purposes! However, I concede that, just as humans have to trim their fingernails and toenails as well as cut their hair, herbs, too need to be clipped and pruned. Usually, the delight that my fresh herbs bring to my friends and colleagues is worth the discomfort that I have in relation to cutting them. If I give folks fresh herbs, I package them in attractive clear bags and then put unique labels on them.
This is evidenced in the images posted below, which are just a fraction of some of the types of herbs that I grow in my terrace garden, and, it is also just a sampling of how I package them for loved ones, friends and colleagues.
However, once in a while, instead of packaged fresh herbs, I give folks ground herbs (which is why they need drying, as indicated in the first photograph included with today's blog post in the upper lefthand corner), so, when I do this, grind herbs that is, I put them in "fun" jars as seen in the images posted below:
Despite the joy my herbs bring to my loved ones, friends and colleagues, I suspect that I will aways feel a bit squeamish each time I cut them. I wrote about this in relation to Foeniculum vulgare AKA Fennel on nybg's (New York Botanical Garden's) tumblr which you may refer to by clicking here.
Having said all this about the cutting and grinding of herbs, I admit that I like to "use" them as "subjects" (but I keep them in their containers when I do this) in my line of greeting cards that go beyond communication, and my herb-themed greeting cards are wonderful to send to those near (and not so dear) to you at Thanksgiving. These cards are very classy because they fold out into a print which is suitable for framing, which is a "feature" my clients, such as such as Donna Wandrey from Dark Shadows, have appreciated. This is a fact which was discussed in a prior blog entry on TLLG, that you will find by clicking here.
Additionally, my images of Rosmarinus officinalis and Thymus, as well as Salvia offcinalas, have made elegant "subjects" for my line of invitations that preserve a moment in time, so if you plan to entertain during Thanksgiving, you might want to consider my selection of invitations, which have been featured in former TLLG posts that you may refer to by clicking here and here.
Perhaps, upon seeing my images of wonderful herbs, dear reader, you can understand how I feel about cutting them and why I prefer to "use" them to "pose" for images for my greeting cards that go beyond communication, and invitations that enhance any occasion as well as event program covers that preserve a moment in time.
Benjamin Franklin, whom I have referred to in a blog entry on TLLG regarding "neighbors and hedges" (which you may refer to by clicking here and here) authored a quote which may be apropos for the use of herbs; and it is this: "Much Virtue in Herbs Little in Men" in his book, Poor Richard's Almanack. While I agreed with Franklin's quote regarding "neighbors and hedges", I think — for the most part – that the virtues of mankind and herbs are not mutually exclusive.
The "virtues in herbs" as well as the "neighbors and hedges" quote do reveal Franklin's sense of humor. He is still very much on my mind today because of his role to DLS (Day Light Savings Time), which just ended a few days ago. I referred to DLS in a couple of blog entries on TLLG and if you'd like to visit them, please click here and here; however, if you'd like to know what Benjamin Franklin had to say about DLS, please click here for "outside" information.