Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Spring Herbal Vinegar

I've been meaning to make some herbal vinegar while the chive blossoms are still here. They turn a vinegar a lovely pink color. I finally got around to it today. I cut some of my favorite herbs from the garden; chive blossoms, roses, tarragon, salad burnett, sage, oregano and red clover. I'm not sure how this will taste but I can't imagine any herb combination not tasting good. This time of year its nice to preserve all these spring herbs by putting them in vinegar. If you want to do this just clip a few herbs and loosely fill a 16 oz jar with herbs. Fill the jar with vinegar. I used white because I wanted the color of the herbs to come through. You can use any mild flavored vinegar though. I wouldn't use red wine or balsamic vinegar though as they might overpower the taste of the herbs.

I like doing different herb vinegars over the summer as tasting them over the winter can bring back those memories of summer. Later in the summer I might do a blend of lavender, calendula, mint, nasturtium and basil or Tulsi. I'll use these vinegars in the winter in my salad dressings. What herbs do you like to preserve in vinegar?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Late Spring Flowers

I love this peony type, its very delicate.

Dark Pink Peony

White Peony


I love these small irises. With googling I think they are Iris graminea, or grass leaved flag. Any comments?
This time of year gets fairly busy here on the herb farm. The heat has risen quickly and unfortunately that means wildfires in Colorado. Its important to take time to enjoy the beautiful flowers. Here are pictures I took today. I hope you enjoy seeing what's blooming in my gardens.


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