I just love the above picture, what a stunning entrance that would make for any garden and these gardens are beyond magnificent in fact the best I have ever seen. The Herb Garden situated in the walled medieval area is the largest in the UK. I attended the free herb garden tour and learnt some great tips also so many herbs that I had not heared of, I think I might ask for a herb book about what to do with them all for Christmas. Did you know that mice do not like Mint so plant that around doors especially in the country where you get the field mice coming in for a warm winter.
Different types of Thyme like orange and lemon, which is well known for healing and supposed to do wonders for a chesty cough, I am liking the thought of mixing the two together in an infusion and trying it out for myself. I didn’t realise that the Chives I grow are Onion Chives as they have the purple flower the white ones are Garlic Chives but not very strong so a good addition to foods that you just want a very mild flavour.
INFUSIONS – You will need a pair of tights/stockings or similar and normal porridge oats then break down the Rosemary and put in, then this will be put in the bath for a relaxing soak.
Lemon Verbene, again with the oats, put the infusion in a glass and add prossecco, this tasted like lemon curd and I love that.
Oregano you can put into oil and use when needed. Soapwort, you can make soap from and then dry the flowers for arrangements. Sweet Cicely goes lovely with rhubarb, I can’t wait for next year when I can cut mine and cook it. Lovage you can put into potatoe salad to get an amazing celery taste but not as strong as the real thing. Put dried Lavender by your bed to aid sleep. There is even a Curry plant, this does not smell very strong but goes well in your jar of dried rice before cooking.
SAGE – You can make a sage gargle which is antibacterial and good for throats. Mix 2oz of the fresh herb into 1 pint of boiling water then let cool and gargle with this, I will be letting you know if this works.
I did not realise how many different types of Lavender there are so I have bought some seeds home to try. The lavender and rose garden is amazing.
A cute robin wanted to get in on the action. Our tour guide Jenny had a world of knowledge about all the herbs and really was an outstanding person who managed to answer everything for us.
THE HERB GARDEN CAFE – What a beautiful cafe with out door seating in a wonderful setting.
I have even bought some Black Butter to try at home also Jersey milk and cream oh and not forgetting the New Potatoes.
The black plants are stunning, I have tried a couple of different ones in my garden but they did not seem to like it but I will be trying again as they look so good.
I am loving the pink display, I came out with so many ideas for my garden but I am sure they will just stay at ideas for now. I really liked the daisy looking flowers as you don’t really see Daisy’s growing in lawns anymore. The two tone tree looked stunning as it all changed colour.
You would need a whole day to see everything here and stop for lunch. Then a browse round the Gift Shop not forgetting the Rural Life And Country Museum and The Manor House with stables. The children are catered for with a lovely park also a great game of hide n seek under the weeping willow tree.
What a good idea to grow your apple trees over the arch, this makes picking them so much easier. You could do the same with your other trees.
This was the best place for me in Jersey and I loved all of it.