I wrote yesterday about herbs. Today I would like to showcase a couple of plants that are also herbs, but possibly not as well known as the traditional Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme... (Cue: sounds of "Scarborough Fair" heard in the background).
The first one is Wild Garlic. I'm trying to establish a patch of it that is big enough to allow me to use it for culinary purposes. Right now I have only this tiny clump, brought back from my Mother-in-law's house last year, but I understand that it spreads quite rapidly so hopefully I won't have too long to wait:
The little white flowers look very delicate - but I bet they would be nice as a salad ingredient, alongside some Chive flowers!
There are several buds in the clump, so maybe I could already pinch one or two...?
One dish I am really looking forward to being able to make with this is Wild Garlic pesto. It should be pretty powerful.
The other herb I want to show you today is Good King Henry.
Although I have in the past used it once or twice as a Spinach substitute I have never been very impressed with its culinary qualities. On the other hand it does look very attractive...
...especially when flowering.
Those flowers produce hundreds of seeds, which ALL seem to germinate. Look how many tiny GKH seedlings there are in this nearby patch of Marjoram! (They are the ones with the pointed seed-leaves.)