Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wheelie Wednesday - Herbs and Flowers

Hi everyone! It's me, Autumn reporting from the garden once again!

I just can't get enough of the garden! So many beautiful things are in bloom and the herbs smell so good!

This herb is thyme and mom actually dries this one and uses it, mostly on fish recipes! I just love how it creeps all over the garden!
This one is sage and we use it for pork chops! It smells so good! I love burying my nose deep into the plant!

The plant I'm sniffing now is called chervil. It smells sort of like a lemony-liquorice. Mom doesn't use this one to cook with but you can. She likes it because it grows about 2 feet tall and has the prettiest little white flowers and before too long these flowers go to seed and new chervil plants spring up all over the garden!

To my right is chives and they'll be blooming a pretty purple flower any day now! Mom makes chive vinegar with these! You take a whole bunch of these purple flowers with their long chives stems and put them in a pretty bottle that contains white vinegar and cork up the top. The chives turn the vinegar a lovely shade of pink! A little bit of olive oil and a couple of shakes of chive vinegar and you have a delicious salad dressing! BTW, that's Rusty, the garden Schnauzer and that angel behind me is offering me a drink of water! The garden is such a delightful place to hang out!
The iris are beginning to bloom! I just love the purple ones!

This plant is called gas plant because the leaves, flowers and star-shaped seed pods give off a strong lemon-scented vapor, which on hot summer nights flashes when ignited with a match, harmless to the plant. We've never tried it before but we'll take their word for it!

This one is mom's very favorite flower in the whole wide world - the Oriental poppy! She just loves its vibrant delicate tissue paper look with its blue-black center! It's a stunning flower to see in person! We have salmon colored poppies and even a lavender colored one but the orange one is the favorite!

And here are the Lupines! They're another plant that self-sows all over the garden! They're wonderful old fashioned flowers in the pea family. We don't eat them though!

I hope everyone enjoyed 2 garden postings with me! I just can't seem to get enough of the garden! After being cooped up in the house all winter long, it's nice to get outside and enjoy the beauty!

See you next Wednesday!




Girl Girl Hamster said...

Your garden is so bootiful. I bet your muzzle must be smelling nice too from smelling all the lovely flowers

~ Girl girl

BWTH Dog House said...

Both Autumn & the garden are beautiful!!!

slurpy licks,

Charlie Daniels said...

Autumn, do you have pumpkin wheels? Your garden looks fantastic!



Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We always enjoy your tours of the garden, Autumn. Our mom's grandma's very favorite flower was orange poppies. Mom thinks of her every time she sees them. Thanks for showing them to us!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Autumn

You certainly look as if you are going to have your paws full with all the gardening tasks now.

How do you manage to stay so clean and elegant whilst walking through the garden, we always seem to end up with muddy paws!

We have our lupins in pots, as are a lot of our hoomans' flowers.......something to do with big paws and charging around............never quite worked that out!!

Molly and Taffy

Mack said...

Oh my dog that is the presttiest garden I've ever seen in my life!!

Are M & M allowed in it??
I know my mom wouldn't let me go in there (but I'm a little destructive).

Irises are my moms all time fave!!!

Ruby Bleu said...

OMD Autumn...the garden looks pawtastic and I just bet everything smells amazing!!! I sure hope you do another garden post...I'm really liking them!

Lots of licks, Ruby

Mango said...

What a lovely garden. Its almost like smell-o-vision.

Oliver said...

Wow Autumn, your garden is just beautiful. The oriental poppy is wonderful! Are Maggie and Mitch allowed in the garden? Looks like you have some soft plants to wrestle on !

Pacco de Mongrel said...

love ur pumpkin wheels...

Simba said...

The flowers look lovely. Becareful of the bee's, they like flowers too.

Simba x

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...


Mitch just said that he got "snipped" and his weiner doesn't show up anymore. Did you get "snipped" too? My human says I am getting "snipped" next month. I don't get's just like a hair cut, right? Right?

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

ToFFee said...

wow! you sure are lucky to have great weather there..

me here is very very very hot!!!! no wonder gardens like that don't grow here..

those flowers are sooo beautiful!


Lenny said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch! I am just catching up on all of your adventures the past few weeks. You are lucky to eat all that ice cream, pizza, and donuts! It looks like you have been having a lot of fun. Aren't you glad it's summer?

Your friend, Lenny

Snowball said...

Those flowers are very pretty! I hope we have such bright coloured flowers here.


Lady Kaos said...

My Mom is extremly jealous of your garden. Non of her herb seeds grew and her flowers and most of her flowers are still small plants.

Deetz said...

Your garden is so beautiful. It is always a delight to tour the garden with you...I just noticed your wheels and they are the coolest wheels ever.....

Moco said...

Thank you for a nice tour through the garden. It is lovely.

Verdi y Gaucho tibetano en Madrid said...

wow this garden is so beauti....
autumm??? here are hot days...
send a big hug

Petra said...

You can post more pictures of your garden and I'll never get tired of looking at those beautiful flowers and plants. They are lovely, Autumn --- just like YOU!

Clover said...

Lovely garden pictures! Thanks for sharing with us on wheelie wednesday!
Love Clover xo

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh what a lvoely garden!! You are so lucky to get to whell out there and take a smell!!!! Love A+A

Anonymous said...

Autumn use has such a bootiful place to wheel around in I wish Harley & I could smell the flowers.
Opal & Harley

Asta said...

I can seewhy you would wanttospend as muchtime out thewe aspossible! It's bootiful!! The colows and the smells..and the thought of that yummie food with those awe vewy lucky to have such an enchanted place to visit
wheeley smoochies

4xBs said...

hi Autumn, no wonder you like your garden so much. it's really beautiful and it smells good too. we like that lupine flower plant. our garden has a couple of those. maybe it will make some more.

we love your recipe for salad dressing. we think our mom would like that very much. maybe we'll tell her about her and see if she can grow some chives in her dinky little garden.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Autumn!
Thanks for the tour around your garden! Sure is nice to be outside smelling all those beautiful flowers!
Kisses and hugs

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Autumn,
It must be way warmer where you live, your plants are way ahead of ours. Your flowers are so pretty. Mama does have one german bearded iris blooming today. Oh, and the chives are blooming. Mama will have to try your vinegar recipe. It sounds really good & Mama LOVES vinegar. Mama loves lupines too but they never last here. They do well for 2-3 years & then poo out, even the baby ones that have grown. Have fun in the garden.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Rudy said...

Oh -- where do you get those gas plants??? I think Mom could use them 'cause she says "gas is so expensive"... wouldn't she be surprised to see I got her some!

(am I right or what?)

Chef said...

Your country garden is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the interesting tour.

Please tell Maggie and Mitch that I've opened an album up on Blogger for pictures of the Exchange. It's at

It's for pictures of everyone when they get their goodies in the mail. So when the pictures are posted to your blog, they should send me a comment and I'll copy and paste them to the album.

Geez, we didn't include our Wheelyfriends in the Exchange ... next time, Autumn, I promise!

Please have M and M send this message to their partner, Ok?



4xBs said...

hey Autumn, can you please tell Maggie & Mitch that your package arrived today? mom says we can open it after dinner. oh boy! we can't wait!


happy said...

Ooh we love your garden! It's so pretty! LS loves the purple iris!

Willow the Black Dale said...

Your garden is beautiful. Your garden has a lot of what our garden has. The oriental poppy is amazing, we have those too. Those are my mawmys favorites. We started out with 8 about 7 years ago and now have over 30!!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us Autumn!!! Thanks for the chive recipe.

Amber-Mae said...

Your garden is sooo bootiful & colorful! Makes me wanna go venture in there but I live sooo very far away. Hey, aren't poppies drugs? That's what I heard from my mommy. Hehe!

Butt shakes,
Solid Gold Dancer

Preston said...

Hi autumn,
thanks for sharing your pretty garden with us.


Blue said...

Thanks Autumn for another lovely garden tour - I do envy you, your's it's so neat, with wonderful herbs & flowers.
TY for the tip re chive vinegar will have to try that.

Pats & pets

Noah the Airedale said...

Ooooh the chive vinegar sounds great. All our herbs seem to die. Even the mint and they say it grows like a weed.....hmmm.

Hugs and tail wags

George the Pup said...

Oh Autumn, your garden looks beautiful! Mommy always plants herbs, but she's a bit late this year - maybe this will get her motivated!

nm said...

Your garden is so pretty. Our poppies are just starting to bloom and we're starting to see peonies. Mom says I cannot pee on them. What? Are they not specifically for peeing?

Moms have about 1000 square feet of community garden space and they have dedicated a bit of it to my butternut squashes and zucchinis!

I am also jealous of your blue skies.



The Army of Four said...

Great garden tour! Love those iris!
We tried growing Oriental Poppies last year, but someBUNNY ate them. ALL of them.
Play bows,

Patience-please said...

Oh Autumn. Thank you for that heavenly break. We could smell the delightful fragrances and feel the lovely sun on our backs, and we even heard a bird or two.

wags from the whippets

Jennifer said...

Arooo rooo rooo Autumn! You are quite the gardener. Our mom loved each and every photo and the narrative that went with them. Gabe and I liked seeing the outdoor photos but I have to tell you, Gabe and I don't garden very well. Gabe lifts his leg on mom's plants and I just tend to lay down in the middle of the flowers. I'm kinda big get the picture.

We hope you'll give us a garden tour again!

Woofs and slobbers from your Newfie pals,
'Bella and Gabe

T-man said...

Thank you for that lovely tour of your garden!! You've got some flowers that we've never seen before. Grandma's chives have the purple flowers on them, so we'll have to try the vinegar/salad dressing idea. Our irises are also blooming.

We think your mom should write a cookbook! She seems to have lots of good cooking tips. I'm sure you have delicious meals at your house!


Saint Lover said...

You are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden to roll around in. I am jealous!


Oh Amber,

The Mommmy just loved this post. She has always loved flowers..but she kills almost everything and you look so precious rolling around in the garden.

Hi M & M,

Has your Mommy ever posted had any basil plants? The Mommy loves fresh basil in everything. That chive vinegar sounds wonderful...she wishs she had some cause she loves salads.

Love ya Mona & the Mommy too!!

Eric said...

Autumn, Your garden looks bootiful but its missing something don't you think? I couldn't see a pumpkin patch anywhere....

Wags, Wally Wenesday (wheeling a bit late)