Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An Herbal Window

The North Kitchen Window is where the herbs reside in the winter -- always chives, always a rose geranium and always parsley.   In some years, we add other pots -- this winter a pot of thyme is doing nicely as is a pot of basil (actually, the second pot I've bought for the window this winter) for it reminds us of our stay at Blue Row in the Cotswolds where I kept pots of basil in that kitchen window!    It may, perhaps, become a tradition at Linderhof -- the basil in winter!

The summer of 2010, I lost my bay tree that I had had forever.    I bought another last year but it acquired scale (I would say that it came with scale, but I will not quibble) and so it was discarded.    For I did not want a scale infestation inside!

I am bay leafless -- having to buy dried leaves from Penzey's.     But then, a dear friend, gifted me this Christmas  with this:

a bay leaf wreath.   It smells divine!    It lived in December in the dining room windows, hanging from the curtain rod with a red ribbon (and which reminded me that I should next year add another live wreath to my Christmas greens for a wreath in that window is a perfect Christmas decoration!).

Come January, we moved it to the herb window in the kitchen where it's fragrance leaves a heady aroma in the kitchen and the leaves are easy to snip to flavor a stew or a roast or a meatloaf or even a ham, potato and leek pie.

It's a beautiful wreath and a daily reminder of a dear friendship.

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Blondie's Journal said...

The wreath is useful and beautiful! It can't get any better than that. I lost my rosemary plant this winter and it makes me sad. They become like family!


acorn hollow said...

The wreath is beautiful. I usually have plants all winter I don't do well with herbs here to dry.

On Crooked Creek said...

Your kitchen window is gorgeous abounding in herbs! The smell must be fabulous! I have a sage that refuses to die this winter in the herb garden! The unseasonal warm temps have it totally confused. It will be interesting to see what has survived come Spring!

MarmePurl said...

I love the idea of a bay wreath hanging in the kitchen. I must be on the lookout for one.

Pondside said...

What a fabulous gift that was! Can it be made from any laurel? I have two here, and I'd love to make such a wreath and keep it in the kitchen.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a great gift! I love Penzey's. Sure do miss some of my herbs in the winter.

Southerncook said...

A gift that just keeps right on giving and perfect along with your other herbs. It looks beautiful in your kitchen window. Your photo also reminded me that I need to remember to pot up some basil next Spring before our cold gets to it so I have it through the winter.


Rattlebridge Farm said...

I so enjoyed this post. Our new-old kitchen has a bay window over the sink. You've given me ideas. A wreath will serve a dual function, and if my potted herbs are in one spot, I'll remember to water them (hopefully). XX