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Anyone Make Tea From Their Garden ?

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by Nyboy, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Aug 17, 2018
    Nyboy

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    Do you want some they do very well here
     
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    Pulsegleaner

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    No thanks.

    Fact is they do a little TOO well here. Around my part of the county, Rose of Sharon is almost WEEDY (I've literally seen it growing in places like bogs and lakes where it would have to have seeded itself. And I don;t have room for anything that big.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    Nyboy

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    LOL thats why I can be so generous they self seed. But because they bloom on new wood you can keep pruned and still have flowers.
     
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    baymule

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    Thanks! What color do you have? I used to have purple ones and white ones. The lady across the street gave them to me, she was in her 80's and I enjoyed her so much. She had lots of flowers and didn't mind a kid hanging out with her. She gave me flowers and I planted them in our yard.
     
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    Nyboy

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    I have 3 colors is there certain color you want ?
     
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    Nyboy

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    I love hanging out with older gardens too
     
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    baymule

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    What colors and yes, I want all of them! LOL I am so excited! I haven't had altheas since I was in school, living at home. that's been awhile......
     
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  8. Aug 19, 2018
    Nyboy

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    My Grandmother did not believe in Drs she had 12 of her 13 children at home. I bet she used the flowers for tea to treat stomach aches.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    With 13 kids I'm sure she had a special tea for headaches too.
     
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    I have been happy with anise hyssop and lemon verbena.

    A couple of years ago, I bought seed for lemon bergamot. It's a monarda, I guess you could say - native to North America. It grows lots of places. Now, it's in my yard ;).

    Tried it by itself. Too strong! Tried the flowers with anise hyssop flowers. Too strong! I've got the leaves of both, about 2:1 favoring the anise hyssop. Not bad. Smells real good :). They are related plants. I'm curious if you know about this as a wild plant.

    There is a anise verbena :D . I could flip my species here and still do the one from column A, one from column B. Or with 4 different plants, both from one column or t'other ;). But ... I think I appreciate the lemon verbena too much. Just a real nice, soothing flavor. Lemongrass, no. Lemon balm, no. Lemon basil, not for tea.

    At least my 2018 anise hyssop plant looks like it will mature seed before frost. Should be good to go in 2019 :).

    Steve
     

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