I am joining Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC) One Single Flower; Cee is also hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 with the same theme. The photo above shows an arrangement of some of the flowers that are currently available in my garden, and it serves as a reference for their close-ups below.
I have been harvesting sage (Salvia officinalis) leaves for a while, great as a condiment and also in herbal infusions; the leaves continue to be tasty even as the plants are almost done blooming:
The chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla, German chamomile) harvest – for calming herbal tea – is at its peak, having a particularly good year in my garden beds:
And although just a few pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis) are open now, they will continue to bloom, and offer their antiseptic benefits, for the rest of the summer:
In my next post, more about these and other healthy herbs for infusions.