As a gardener, my favorite plants to work with are herbs. I particularly like perennial herbs which continue growing each year, like rosemary, lemon verbena and sage. The weather in Southern California can get hot, especially in Encino (which is in the San Fernando Valley). This is where the Sepulveda Community Garden Center is located, and where I cultivate many herb plants.
We have two plots at the SCGC. This is our original plot which we have had for a few years:
In this first plot I have some delicious tea herbs: a small lemon verbena plant, a lemon balm patch, a little pot with mint, common sage, autumn moon sage and lemon bergamot.
This is our 2nd plot, which we just acquired this year:
As far as tea herbs go, this second plot came with beautiful rose bushes, a lavender bush, a large lemon verbena plant, a patch of lemon grass, Russian sage and lemon mint.
I had my eye on this second plot for quite a while. I have always wanted my own rose bushes, and the mature lavender and lemon verbena plants have been envied by me for years.
With this wealth of tea herbs, and plans to add more, I’m in a garden tea maker’s heaven!
This past Thursday was the annual “Friendsgiving” lunch/dinner at Greenway Arts Alliance.
It was a beautiful set up on the Greenway Court Theatre stage.
We sat in the middle of the set for the current show, The Color Purple.
Steffany of Flower Patch LA (who also did the flowers and succulents for my wedding) decorated the table with beautiful flowers and pine.
It was so beautiful and dreamy!
The lunch/dinner was a potluck, and of course, my contribution was garden tea!
I brewed a little bit of oolong tea with a collection of lemony herbs from my garden.
I included herbs from my garden, a few of which I have photos of.