I pulled out some miniature roses from a small planter on the outside of our kitchen nook window back in the spring. I thought it would make a good spot for some herbs and a couple vegetables this year before we’ve really created a more permanent space for a larger vegetable garden. I don’t know if it was the fresh garden soil that I topped off the bed with or if it’s just a really good, sunny space, but my little herb garden has gone absolutely berserk! I’ve never had such huge herb plants in such a short period of time. The “small” vegetables I planted – an eggplant, bell peppers, and a few chili-type peppers have gone crazy, too.
I’ve been bringing some of the herbs inside and keeping them in a mason jar by the sink to use while cooking, but I thought my kitchen table could use a fresh herb botanical arrangement, too. Do you have an abundance of herbs or even just a few? Making an herb arrangement can bring some wonderful fragrance and greenery to your table, too.
Making an herb botanical arrangement is simple and quick. I used a variety of herbs – basil, bee balm, rosemary, sage, and a couple salvia flowers. I like the variation in leaf size, shape, and texture. The little bit of contrast and color added by the salvia is lovely, too. You can arrange the herbs however you like – working in sets of three is a handy guideline. In order to maximize the longevity of the arrangement, it’s important to keep all foliage out of the water. Cut the herb stems long enough that you can strip the leaves off of at least 3-4″ from the bottom of each stem.
Spread varied clusters amongst several aligned jars or vases and add water, making sure that the water level covers the stems, but remains below any foliage.
So fresh and pretty! I love the yummy smell of fresh herbs in my kitchen and this simple arrangement keeps my table looking clean and uncluttered, yet complete. Give it a try in your home!