Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Little Bit of Green

As I write this, December is just around the corner. Perhaps there will be some snow for a white Christmas, but there isn't any yet.

As a matter of fact, there are some bits of green still persisting in the garden. 

For example, this mint. 

I've tried to eradicate it, but it returns repeatedly. 
I should pick some and dry it.

Drying a bunch of sage may well be a good idea too. It would go so well with chicken or turkey.

As for a couple of bedraggled rosemary plants, I've brought them inside, put them in pots and will see if they survive in my kitchen. Do you ever have something roasting in the oven with rosemary on it? The aroma is fabulous!  

If you have any tips on how to ensure a long and happy life for these two plants, please pass them along. I tried to keep one in the house before; it was an abysmal failure. However, as the old saying goes, "Where there's life, there's hope."


The orchid,  meanwhile, is a happy houseplant. It just sits there, in its purple clay pot, looking splendid with glowing, white blooms and thick, leathery leaves. I'd love to take some credit, but the thing seems indestructible and the flowers last for months.

There you have it, even with the leaves gone from the trees, there is still a bit green to be found . . .

and, increasingly, some cheery red is creeping in to keep it company.

I'm pleased to be linking to Fiona's "Green Day" over at Raindrops and Daisies. 
Thank you for your visit. It's always a pleasure to read your comments. 
You can also find "My Little Home and Garden" on Facebook, here.


  1. Plantinhas dentro de casa precisam de um pouquinho de sol, mesmo através das janelas. Creio que assim, sobreviverão ao inverno.
    Adorei seus verdes

  2. Our yards are still covered with snow and we hope to have some at least for Christmas Eve and day. After that, green would be fine. I've tried to overwinter rosemary but it doesn't get enough sun on a window sill. I throw it in with lots of dishes too and I've even used branches to butter corn as I read about once.

  3. Any herbs that I bring inside are usually pretty raggedy looking by the time spring comes around again, but I do try to overwinter them every year. The only way to control mint is to plant it in a pot. It's quite invasive. Roast chicken and veggies with rosemary.... ummmm love that aroma/taste.

  4. I would love to see a little green... but we just keep having more snow. Snow plows were out at 5 am.... taking away our big snow mound in front of the house.

  5. Hallo Karen!I have in my garden rosemary!I use it on roast lamb!No snowing for us yet!I love your green day!Beautiful post!Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  6. You have quite a bit of green yet. Nothing green around here. I can almost smell something roasting in the oven with those herbs!
    Congrats on winning Fiona's giveaway. I'm happy to hear that you won.
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    p.s. That orchid is gorgeous!

  7. It's hard to believe it's almost December isn't it? Your mint and rosemary plants are doing very well. I agree the smell of rosemary is wonderful. Have a great weekend. :)

  8. Hi Karen,

    I love the scent of rosemary it is wonderful
    but believe it or not
    I have never cooked with it!

    I love your candy canes they are so festive.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    I hope that it isn't too cold for you.

    Take care


  9. Que bom que ainda tens verdes!! Lindo teu post! beijos,tudo de bom e um fim de semana alegre! chica

  10. I am sorry to say I don.tmhav green fingers. I love your red and greens.

  11. Hallo Karen!My compliments for Fiona's giveaway! I wish you always to be lucky!
    I hope you enjoy your gift!

  12. Que linda imagens! Adorei as bengalinhas de Natal...e o hortelã, e as orquídeas, simplesmente demais! Um abraço!

    Mirante da imagem

  13. Temperinhos verdinhos! Tenho paixão! Meu hortelã morreu! Imagens lindas e suas bengalas coloridas de Natal também. Lindas semana! Beijos!

  14. How nice to grow your own mint and rosemary. We have not had much snow just a little dusting on the grass. The red and green candy canes are pretty. Happy Green Day!

  15. I am trying to keep my rosemary inside over the winter, I know that it likes very bright, coolish rooms. Well it's cold here, lol. I am going to keep misting it so the spidy mites leave it alone.


  16. Temperinhos e outras plantinhas trazem sempre vida pra dentro de casa.Procure colocá-las perto duma janela, qualquer claridade as satisfaz.
    Adorei as bengalinhas.Lindas!
    Tenha um bom fim de semana.

  17. Good Afternoon Karen, I'm not surprised that your mint is still growing. As much as I love mint for cooking, the plants tend to be little "thugs" when it comes to growing them as they spread everywhere. I use a lot of rosemary and a tip which works for me is, they are a Mediterranean plant, so they like to be warm, but the soil needs to be on the dry side. I mix a little grit into my soil and water the plant once a week, that seems to work for me. I love the photo of the candy canes, it looks so colourful. Congratulations on winning the beautiful gift from exciting. Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes Daphne

  18. Karen,

    Eu tenho hortelã plantada aqui. Ela não cresceu muito, mas nunca secou. Acho que preciso mudar pra um vaso maior. As suas ervas estão lindas.

  19. A Happy December to you as well, the candy sticks were a lovely welcome. A tip to keep the mint in control is to sink a large flowerpot in the soil and grow your plant in that, as the roots will be confined.

  20. I can keep rosemary in my house but orchids all die!!! Rosemary need very little water and a whole lot of sun.

    Thanks for visiting today xox

  21. The weather was so mild this November that my lilies grew new leaves, these plants are so robust ! To control the mint I installed a border around the plant and it works well. I just love fresh herbs, this summer I had oregano, basil, thyme and savory. I hope you succeed with the rosemary plants, how nice it must be to have fresh herbs at hand during winter months.
    What lovely photo of the orchid and the candy canes looks so Christmassy !

  22. Funny, we're the opposite. We lost an orchid but our rosemary did well. I have no clue how or why :) Very pretty orchid.

  23. Such pretty herbs.
    I can never get enough rosemary, it has to be my favorite herb of all.

    Hope you are able to get your rosemary to thrive in the house.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas season.

  24. I enjoyed seeing your green herbs today, Karen. They are all ones I like to grow too. I hope your rosemary plants do well in their new setting. Loved the shiny candy canes too :)
    Have a happy week.
    Helen x

  25. That is the best, pretties, most worthwhile place for lovely candy canes. (I don't eat them). haahaaaa.. just joined you as a follower.



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