Spring at the Still Room

The view from my back porch is rain, rain, and more rain, puddles, pools of water, and the fresh green of spring.  I love it!  After a long winter where I sort of hibernated and left this space quiet, I'm ready for the promise of a new season.  I've got a whole lists of projects and plans I want to share with you along with a pile of recipes and other ideas I've collected for the still room.  But first, here's what's happening with the herbs ...

The rosemary that we transplanted at the corner of the back porch 4 years ago is lush and threatening to take over the whole area.  My husband says we shouldn't have planted it there, but I love it right where it is.  I can sit in my chair and enjoy the fragrance and the bees that frequent the blue flowers during this time of year.  It's also quite handy when I want to make pasta sauce or stir up a quick batch of Rosemary Squares.

The newly potted herbs are enjoying the showers and will surely show their thanks by a flush of new growth.  I found a variety of different mints, parsley, and basil at our local Ace Hardware for .99 cents each.  A second bonus was that they were locally grown.  And with my fondness for tiny pots of herbs, I collected as many as my basket and budget would allow!

Lemon balm, mugwort, and feverfew are peeking out to see if spring is indeed here, and and the wildlings such as chickweed, plantain, dandelion, cleavers, and shepherd's purse are popping up with wild abandon, letting me know it's time to make infused oils, salves, spring tonics and so forth.

The borage that self-sowed in the herb border is in bloom.  The otherworldly blue blossoms just begging to be added to a salad or glass of tea.  I saw this simple recipe for Borage face mask somewhere recently:

Borage Face Mask

1 egg white
1 handful of borage flowers and leaves, chopped

Stir together and smooth onto clean face.  Leave on for 5 minutes.  Rinse.

I would follow with a rosewater toner and a bit of Argan oil.

So that's it for now.  A quick update from the still room, with a promise to be back soon.

What's new for you this season?
What are you looking forward to growing or creating with herbs?
Has spring arrived in your area?

Herbal Blessings,



  1. Hi Catherine, love your porch. I have followed you for years and trust you on your thoughts. I know you love your herbs, Is there a flowering herb or something that would go up a pergola, I have a small one over my side door and just can't find the right thing for it, any thoughts...Have a great day in the Lord and God bless

  2. Hi Sherry! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, but your comment was stuck waiting for moderation. Oops!
    Anyway, Passionflower is one that comes to mind first. It is beautiful and grows easily here- I think it is pretty hardy, too. No thorns or anything poky, beautiful flowers, and some varieties produce edible fruit, as a bonus!
    Hope that helps!


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