Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Jody Cedzidlo | 6 Comments

When we bought our house a couple of years ago, we couldn't wait to fill the property with garden beds. Our goal is two major transformations a year, one in Spring and one in Fall. For our first foray, we put in a sweet little kitchen herb garden. For other beds since then, we've covered the grass with biodegradable brown paper, compost, and mulch, and then waited the requisite season before planting. This was our first, however, and we were new homeowners just bursting with excitement, so we pried the grass layer out with a floral shovel and shook off as much of the topsoil as we could. It was hard work but so worth it! Then a nice layer of compost and some aged wood chips for mulch and we were ready to plant.

We went a little nuts at the nursery and bought tons of perennials--three types of sage, three thymes, chives, lavender, bay, yarrow, eucalyptus, rosemary, savory, and tarragon. Voracious mint and oregano went in the cedar planters so I can keep them under my thumb. And then we filled in the open space with basil. A veritable feast!

This was a year ago. I'm not going to show you what it looks like after the wretched Winter we've had--less like the Swiss Family Robinson and more like the Addams Family, but the herbs have paid off big time! We still have jars and jars of pesto in our freezer and we've used the sage, thyme, rosemary, and savory in countless dishes during these past few Winter months. The Season of Soup.

And you know what we've been doing while we make that soup? Totally nerding out over Paul Simon. Eric and I both grew up on his records, and I can't tell you how satisfying it is to put on an album we've never listened to together and both belt out every single line. Hence, a new design is born, featuring parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Paul Simon, you have both our hearts forever.

We printed up this little beauty in two limited edition runs:  first, it went on both ends of a long cotton scarf in a subtle celery green color, and second, as an all-over print on a robin's egg blue infinity style. I love the creamy ink colors and the simplicity of the design. All the herb silhouettes are pretty true to life size, accidentally making me hungry as I did the printing.

I know we're all pretty much over the moon that the weather has finally warmed and that our gardens are showing signs of life--what have you got cooking?

Posted in cooking, food, gardening, herbs, infinity scarf, music, new product, Paul Simon, Spring


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Jess the Mess
Jess the Mess

April 08, 2014

Slip sliding away…. Slip sliding away….. I heard ol Paul Simon this morning at a cafe. It always transports me to a very happy place. Now an even happier place since I know you and Eric are prone to the same.

Mary
Mary

April 08, 2014

Our ’hood is much improved by your presence!! I love your designs. So organic and lovely. Just like you! I look forward to wearing this spring inspired scarf!

Andrea Connolly
Andrea Connolly

April 08, 2014

I absolutely love this print! And the colors are perfect. I’m really looking forward to starting our herb garden when we get back from the tour. And one of my favorite things about an herb garden are the fun spring and summer cocktails I make with them. yum!!!

Barbara Cedzidlo
Barbara Cedzidlo

April 08, 2014

I love the scarf and love the blog…I am so proud of all you and Eric have done for yourselves and for your community and for the world!!!!! uhoh, did I get carried away?

Annie
Annie

April 08, 2014

Your scarf is beautiful!

Sarah-Lambert
Sarah-Lambert

April 08, 2014

I adore Paul Simon! Easily my favorite songwriter of all time. These scarves are gorgeous and knowing Scarborough Fair was a part of the inspiration makes me love them even more!

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