Thursdays is always a favorite day because it is Tablescape Thursday and I can share with everyone what has been happening at Linderhof. Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see all of the great tablescapes this Thursday.
I've not entertained this week but I did give an herb class on Monday to a garden club in the town 20 miles from ours. My presentation is "A Thyme for Herbs" and I enjoy sharing my knowledge of herbs with any and all. For I love herbs and the herb garden at Linderhof is a big part of my garden!
For the class, I always like to do "show and tell" and so I'm sharing with you my tablescape that I made for the class.
A favorite wicker tray with a wonderful piece of linen for everything always looks better against a linen background. My wee strawberry pot full of thyme, a wee bee skep, my breakfast room "vase" (for it's really part of a bedroom set but it does look well filled with flowers or herbs on the breakfast room table) full of garden herbs, a jar of lavender sugar, and some lavender wands or bottles from last year.
Some of my favorite herb books in the background. Although there are many good books out there, and I do have many, these are my favorite -- especially the Betty Crocker Kitchen Gardens book which I've had "forever" and is still my herbal bible.
A stem or two of most of the herbs in my garden so I can "show and tell" while I'm talking about the different herbs. The herbs, to be given away, for I always hold a drawing whenever I do a class.
The jar holds lavender sugar -- another "show and tell" for it is easy to make and I always have this small jar in my pantry filled with sugar and lavender. And although I didn't bring, I can tell about the rosemary salt that I make every year as well -- so good to add another dimension of rosemary flavor to pork, chicken or lamb.
The strawberry jar was my mother's -- I'm not sure when or where she got it but she had it a long time -- had hen and chicks in it for a long time but was empty when I inherited it. It makes a wonderful jar for thyme. And bees love thyme and thyme honey is the best -- thus the skep -- ornamental rather than useful. I have a couple that I like to use as centerpieces -- especially garden ones.
Not shown but also part of the tablescape was a plate of lavender cookies. I always like to bring an herbal treat when I do a class and I prefer a sweet rather than a savory because people know that herbs are good for savories but never think of them as being used in sweets.
The class went well -- I gave away my herbs and a couple of bottles or wands (to sweet ladies that said nice things).
Hopefully, some of the gardeners will decide to add some of the herbs to the garden. If you're going to garden, herbs are the best plants to start with for they are so forgiving and so easy to grow.
I had a great afternoon and was happy to share one of my passions -- herbs!