Fun in the Herb Garden
The excitement of Christmas is now over and there will be an abundance
of new toys for the children to play with.
It is so nice when I see kids enjoying playing in the garden using their imagination and creating something using bits and pieces from nature.
My nieces son Max came to work for me at the herb farm a couple of days before Christmas.
Max liked the concept of earning some money by working at the herb farm.
Max is from Auckland and I dont get to see him as much as I would like.
So it is lovely to have some one- on -one time with him when we do get together.
Max loves the herb farm and when he saw one of the craters left by an uprooted tree he immediately said he would like to make a home for some gnomes.
There was a lot of recycling going on with props for the roof being made with branches of tea tree and eucalyptus that came down in the storm.
There was a lookout created on top of one of the branches and a sleeping place for a baby elf.
Max enjoyed his creative time in the garden and by being out in the fresh air he was breathing in wonderful herbal scents from the lavender and roses nearby which would have helped keep him calm in the lead up to the excitement of Christmas.
The yellow flowering shrub behind Maxs garden is the Mexican marigold herb.
The botanical name of this is Tagetes lemonnii and anyone who has visited the herb café would have seen the jugs of water with the sprigs of Mexican marigold them.
This gives the water a wonderful fresh and slightly fruity taste and is always commented on as being delicious.
So with summer coming it could be an excellent herb to grow in your garden so you can refresh with a herbal water after time spent in the garden.
It is an easy herb to grow and being perennial you only need to plant it the once.
It will grow to about a metre by a metre and can make a gorgeous fragrant hedge,
Enjoy some time with kids in the garden this festive season but remember to be aware of the sun and try and keep covered up and enjoy your garden activity in the cooler times of the day.