Lovage (Levisticum officinale) this reliable Hardy Perennial is one of the first pants to shoot up in spring. Here on Southern Vancouver Island, it has sprouted up over a foot by the end of March. It is easy to grow but give this plant a lot of room in your garden as it grows over 2 M high.
Leaves have excellent celery like flavor and is used soups, stews and casseroles. The seeds whole or ground are used in pickling brine, cheese spreads, dressings and sauces. Here are a few ideas.
Potato Salad with Lovage
Spring Lovage Soup
Fettuccine With Tomato And Lovage Sauce
In the Middle Ages lovage leaves were placed in the shoes of travelers to revive their weary feet and an infusion made from the seeds was used to erase freckles !
Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium ) has been a popular culinary and medicinal herb since before the times of the Roman Empire. However recently, it seems to be out of favor. To bad , it has a lot going for it …. it’s delicate anise flavor adds depth to a green salad, also it is part of the French herb combination ” Fines Herbes” used as a herb base for many culinary masterpieces. This short lived annual is easy to grow, can be harvested all year and self seeds readily, so keep a moist partial shade area of your herb garden reserved for a Chervil corner.
Bloodroot ( Sanguinaria canadensis ) is native to eastern Canada and an early bloomer here on Vancouver Island. Bloodroot has been used as a red dye by native artists. It is a member of the Papaveraceae (poppy) family.
WInter Hardwood Cuttings December 2016
Every season I do hundreds of softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings during the spring and summer.This fall I decided to try some hardwood cuttings. Continue reading
Here are some wonderful podcasts on botanical history and current information, great to listen to while commuting to work or while gardening.
BBC Radio Plants From Roots to Riches
Feb 2017 Hazelwood Herb Farm
Miner’s lettuce popping up as the snow melts.
Well it is starting all over again, there is still snow on the ground, but the seeds are here and it is time get everything started so they are ready for spring plant sales. Here are a few of the “new to us” plants I am going to start this season. Continue reading