4/27/10

A New Favorite




Today for Tea Tuesday I will share that I have been drinking a lot of peppermint tea lately. I also like to add a bag of peppermint when I make iced tea for extra refreshment. But mint is one of those herbs that I don't dare plant in my own garden, given its amazing tendency to take over. Kind of like the variegated artemisia that I thought was so pretty last year, even though the nurseryman warned me it would take over. I've dug it out several times now and it keeps coming back - must need only the smallest fraction of a root to sprout new! But these photos are of another popular herb. Any guesses? It's parsley! It bolted after I trimmed it back six weeks ago, reaching three feet and developing these lovely flowers. I'm going to plant more just to enjoy the show next year. I've been admiring it a great deal. I'd make tea from it, but am not sure how palatable it would be!

17 comments:

elizabeth said...

how lovely!!! would of never guessed!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, this doesn't look like parsley to me. I'm impressed. I guess mine has never bolted. But I do have peppermint in my yard. Lots of it, just like you. Tried to get rid of it, and it comes back even stronger.

Have a great Tea Tuesday.

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

Those are pretty photos. I've been noticing more flowers on things I might have just ignored as weeds.

I did try growing mint once and you're right. It takes over everything.

Donna said...

Peppermint tea (loose-leaf, ideally) is my favorite herbal tea, straight up with nothing added or blended with it. Yum!

Kimmie said...

Peppermint tea is one of my favorites too :)
The parsley is beautiful! I'm going herb shopping tomorrow and will add that to my list. I have lots of dill popping up everywhere and the flower looks similar. Very lacy and wild looking :)
Happy Tuesday :) Kimmie

Janelle said...

My parsley plant is enormous--I cut it back and moved it so we'll see how it does this year.

I've been making half-mint and half-regular iced tea and I can't stop drinking it!

Michelle M. said...

I had no idea that was parsley. How beautiful! I am a big peppermint/mint tea drinker myself.

ELK said...

i would not have guessed parsley...like the first with the web for a little extra texture...take care

Mimi said...

We've had parsley bolt too, so I knew.
I plant mint in pots after that one year...

ooglebloops said...

For a minute, I thought it might be Queen Anne's Lace - but it is very pretty!!

*jean* said...

lovely photos! i also love your blog header...beautiful! happy tea tuesday!

Dianne said...

I've never seen parsley bloom! They look almost like Queen Ann's Lace... As far as making tea... One easily grown herb that I love to steep in my tea is sweet Basil. It adds a wonderful aroma and flavor...

Meadowlark Days said...

I loved hearing from all of you about peppermint, parsley, and basil!

Marfa said...

You should make tabouli...I love Middle Eastern dishes! I have been thinking I'd like to get some parsley. I planted mint 4 years ago and although it's growing well now, we've had bunnies that just LOVE to eat it, so it's tame. I do love to make a tea by washing the leaves, then boiling them in water. It's great with a bit of honey or sugar, poured over a glass of ice. Fresh is better than dried mint!!!

Pres. Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures!

Jane G Meyer said...

The photos of your parsley are stunning, and when I return home tomorrow I'll spend some time studying my own plants--you've given me a whole new appreciation for that lovely herb! Thanks.

Lately, I've been baking with herbs. Rosemary has been a real hit at our home, and recently I made some rolls infused with thyme. Aren't herbs such an amazing creation? How all those scents and flavors get packed into such tiny leaves is miraculous. I recently learned that frankincense has anti-depressant qualities. No wonder I love church so much!

Sending you love, in Christ, and looking forward to your next set of meadowlark photos...

Meadowlark Days said...

Jane, your herb-infused bread sounds delicious! One of my goals this summer is to learn how to make bread - thanks for the inspiration!