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My Yard Looks Like S#*&!!! (The Cleanup)

 

I’ll admit it, I spend so much time making beautiful gardens for my clients that I often neglect my own garden. You know, the cobbler’s children have no shoes… The little bit of lawn I have left get mowed when my maintenance gardener decides to show up, I trim my iceberg roses back, so my kids can get out of my car, and I’ll put in some plants here or there when I have left overs or I want to experiment.

That’s the front.

Forget about the back.

My husband and I have been discussing putting in a deck for 2 years now, and I don’t want to invest too much in planting back there, so I put in a few tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers for fresh salads in the summer. The deck will happen. The six chickens also live in back in there own fenced off chicken yard under the giant ash tree.

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a nursery I use often that they would like to feature my yard in a commercial they are filming. Um, sure! (I believe in the say YES! and then freak out way of doing things).

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Long Live Sage!

“How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?” ~Chinese Proverb Tweet: “How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?” ~Chinese Proverb

 

Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) is considered by many cultures to be a sacred herb. In fact, Salvia means ‘savior’ or ‘sacred’. It has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb to cure everything from sore throats to rheumatism, as a sacred ceremonial herb to cleanse spaces of evil spirits or negative energy or to impart wisdom and immortality, and more recently as a culinary herb.

As a garden designer, I like to use culinary sage planted among ornamental plants. Its many varieties show off soft grey green, purple, and even variegated leaves. The plants grow in low, mounded clumps, and in the summer they bloom with purple flowers. Sage reminds me of fall: fireplaces, roast turkey, and pumpkin ravioli. As I write this, however, it is 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Los Angeles, and, frankly, roasting a turkey is about the last thing I want to do. But I have sage in the garden, and as long as I keep watering it, it

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Sage Advice…What I’m Drinking This Week

Not my Circus…Not my Monkeys (Polish Proverb)

Oy! It’s been one of those weeks: sick child, 110 degree heat, business drama, etc., etc. The herb of the week is sage, so I am doling out some sage advice. Un-invite the crazies, and have a fruity, spicy, herbal cocktail!

 

Sage Advice

Ingredients

3 fresh sage leaves

3 fresh pineapple chunks

1/2 oz. lime juice

1 small slice Serrano chili

2 oz. white rum

3 oz. pineapple or pineapple coconut juice

soda or mineral water

pineapple chunk, sage leaf, and slice of Serrano chili for garnish

Directions

Muddle sage, pineapple chunks, lime juice, and Serrano chili slice in a cocktail shaker. Add rum and pineapple coconut juice and a handful of ice to the shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of soda, and garnish with a pineapple chunk, a sage leaf, and a chili slice in a decorative pick. I like to stir the drink with the garnish, and the drink will get a bit more spicy as you drink it!

Cheers! Please sip responsibly.

 

 

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