I was tending to my herbs today. I've always wanted to have an herb garden, and this collection marks my gardens beginning. I chose all of them for their aromatic properties. A couple of them are among my favorite cooking herbs, but their primary purpose is to be as ingredients in something I've wanted to try my hand at for awhile now. Making loose incense. For the unfamiliar, "loose" incense is usually in a powder form. It's also common for there to be coarser blends, as woods and resins are often used. Some herbs are also used in larger form, like Lavender buds. The herbs I'm cultivating currently are: Goodwin Creek Grey Lavender; German Thyme; Rosemary; and Sage. I also have a large planter of Peppermint and Lemon Balm that isn't pictured. They all complement each other so well. I look forward to experimenting with various blends.
My Hydrangea bushes are quite breathtaking. I can't ever remember seeing a Hydrangea bush with so many blooms before. The bushes have really outdone themselves this year. I clipped several of the brightly colored balls and made a couple of arrangements for the coffee and kitchen tables. Nothing adds...well, I was going to say "adds life", but since they were cut from a bush they aren't really alive any longer. I'll just say that they can really change the vibe of a room for the better.
There were some pretty spectacular clouds out, but there usually are. That's one of the things I love about Savannah and being on the Atlantic coast. These particular cloud formations looked like a wall of cotton with a fissure torn across, the late day sun glowing through the opening. A beautiful way to observe the descending sun of the evening hours.