Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cutting day


Over the weekend, it was cutting day.

First came the lawn mower,

which helped cut back the path I had built.

Then I mowed the lawn,

but didn't get out the edger,

or the trimmer.
I didn't bother picking up trash that had been thrown in the yard,

and I didn't sweep.

That's because it was cutting day, and I was very excited.

Yes, it was the first time I had harvested any of my herbs.  I could have cut lots more, but I chose to cut just what I knew I would use in the coming week.

Of course, I couldn't leave without checking on my tomatoes.  I've never had tomatoes so early in the year before.  It was almost a miracle.

While cutting my basil, I noticed a fly had taken an interest in my globe basil, which was already starting to flower.  Just four or five short weeks ago, these were seeds, and now I had a huge harvest.

Once inside, I carefully washed the herbs and laid them to dry on the counter.

It was truly a cutting day.  Of course, that meant I needed a weeding, edging, sweeping, trimming, general clean-up day!!  And as much as I hate to admit it, today is that day.  Which means it's also time to mow again, I fear.  So that means I'll be offline while I'm "slaving away." 

Hope you are having a great day, and enjoying whatever art comes your way, whether it be painting, collage, photography, or gardening.


17 thoughtful remarks:

Annie said...

I do love to see produce that's been home grown and I can almost smell those herbs from here :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

Dianne said...

oh my, your herbs look lovely! does that mean we will get a peek at how you used them in your recipes? I dearly love the sage, and I bag it up in sandwich baggies after it has dried. It's wonderful in anything with chicken. don't work too hard dear! ♥

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth! How I would love to sit on your veranda - the smell of the herbs, the tinkling of your chimes and...,, if he would allow....a stroke or two of Bleubeard! I know that along with a lovely garden there is a lot of work so just be careful! If you want to see another keen gardener take a look at Lindsay Mason's blog (on my sidebar) have a lovely day! Chrisx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

While you are out getting exercise and vitamin D, I am in the dark in the middle of a thunderstorm. Can't complain too much because we really need the rain.

Denise Price said...

Those herbs look delicious! Have fun using them. Are you going to use any in tea? :)

Rita said...

Everything is looking good! :)

Nancy said...

You have such a garden :) lots to look after. The herbs are so nice when they're fresh, eh? Basil grows so fast too.
And your tomatoes! wow, going to be really nice! I've had fried green tomatoes before :)
Your big wicker chairs look lovely!

Carol said...

Your herbs look lovely!!! I harvested again today too. Lots of oregano and chocolate mint. Tomorrow it will be lemon balm and winter savory. I may check out the thyme and see if it's ready again too. I also had to do the weeding, trimming and mowing so it was a hard working day off from the job. :)

elle said...

yikes, I hope it will quit raining so I can slave away! LOL

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sich a productive jingle of goodness you have there! Yummy fresh herbs....xox

Divers and Sundry said...

Thanks for sharing all that lush green! Congrats on your herbs and early tomatoes. :)

~*~Patty S said...

Such a lot of luscious green in this post = Wow...beautiful
and
your green tomato photo is fantastic with such detail I can almost smell it!
It really is fun cooking with fresh herbs it always makes me feel like a 'real' cook ;-)...
You are having a great gardening season already!
oxo

Cindy McMath said...

Great pictures of your day Elizabeth - I'm in awe of your gardening abilities. I could show pictures of my garden as "what not to do" or "how to annoy your neighbours" as I really don't do much with it any more.

CERULEAN said...

Wonderful tomatoes photo! Love it.

Eliza said...

Ah the fruits of your labor good for you, I love fresh herbs and grow them myself, especially love my home grown chilies and chives. You hav such a pretty garden and your hard work shows.

Happy cutting day.

Hugs Eliza

Halle said...

Your herbs looks great! I really need to harvest some as well. My cilantro is changing color...like it's Fall. I fear it may have gone past it's prime.

Myriam Kozik said...

Wow that a wonderful harvest of herbs. It's amazing how your yard was covered in snow and now it's so full! It's great to cut your own herbs! I love it!