The photo below is lemon basil (ocimum x citriodorum) which we also grow for the Lemon Herb Tea and Lemon Herb Pepper. We get Vicki Emlaw of Vicki's Veggies to start the seeds for us in her greenhouse. If all goes according to plan we hope to build a solar herb dryer/greenhouse this year so we may be able to start our own lemon basil as well as other seedlings this year. It's very lemony as well but with the spiciness of basil. I harvest the flowers every few days during the summer. The flowers have a wonderful intense flavour and this also encourages the plant to grow bushier.
This gorgeous double rose is an old fashioned rose we ordered from Richters Herbs (their photo) called La Reine Victoria. It's described as having a sweet fragrance and continuous blooming. I also ordered the Apothecary Rose and the Maiden's Blush Rose. I planted 3 Rosa Rugosa - in the photo below with lots of pollinators- last year and thought I'd try some other varieties this time. My plan is to harvest the rose hips eventually but for now they're still not producing very many. We use rose hips in our Catarrh Tea for their high vitamin C content.
I saw this fun idea to make an Herbarium on the Northern Ontario Plant Database website. It is, as they say, 'a collection of pressed and dried plant specimens mounted on sturdy paper'. It would be fun to do with kids.
I've also discovered an emagazine called Plant Healer Magazine which I've just subscribed to. It looks full of info and beautiful artwork and photos. I'm really excited to see how the new March issue looks. They also have a cool looking magazine for kids called Herbal Roots Zine.