Thursday, May 17, 2012

A fist full of herbs!

I can’t recall if I posted yet about the herbs I’ve been growing in the garden, but here’s a quick update. The oregano plant has gone to town and I just harvested a good several handfuls of it, which I will dry and put into glass jars for use in future cooking endeavors.


I planted lavender, cilantro, parsley, and chives in pots that sit by the side porch. All of them are coming along nicely and will soon be ready to be cut for harvest. The two rosemary bushes further back in the garden will be ready for a small trimming as well. I see a pizza, salsa, and focaccia bread coming soon!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A look at JMU’s arboretum

Just got back this evening from my brother’s graduation ceremony at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Besides the obvious excitement of seeing his hard work pay off and his determined efforts rewarded, I got to take a brief look at JMU’s vast arboretum next to the campus. The arboretum is a sprawling woodland setting packed with native perennials, shrubs, and trees anchored by a small lake and criss-crossed by mulched pathways.




The park is so well designed, you would be shocked to learn that JMU (as of this writing) does not offer a horticulture program. Nevertheless, I plan on returning to spend more time getting lost in the woods!

The red pin below denotes the location of the arboretum relative to the rest of the JMU campus.

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