In fact when she gets back in December there should be plenty of time to plan a nice ceremony; I'm sure of it. As mother-of-the-bride I'm thinking of it as a big dinner party, mostly planned by somebody else. Easy, right?
The Thyme Garden, nestled in the Coast Range about 30 minutes west of town.
First off: the thyme garden. Oh my gosh. 60 kinds of thyme?
Eleven bee hives.
An edible flower garden.
A medicinal garden.
A culinary garden.
A moon garden, planted in pale colors that shimmer in moonlight. (gasp!!)
|Lions Ear, used in shamanic rites in North Africa|
Interesting ceremonial plants.
A butterfly garden
A small conservatory with fragrant tropical plants.
Salmon-bearing streams running throughout.
During June and July The Thyme Garden offers luncheons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so we took advantage of that. This place is out in the sticks; where else are you going to eat? Besides, the owners used to run a highly regarded restaurant and we wanted to treat ourselves. There were only 11 of us ponying up the 30 bucks for tour-and-lunch, but it was worth every penny, and here is why:
Verbena-infused ice water.
Hibiscus lemonade with passionflowers
Organic salad loaded with edible flowers.
Three dressings: Smoky orange sesame oil, creamy dill, muchi curry.
Oregano cheese spread
Honey butter herb spread
Three-sage spread. Note the dragonfly is made entirely of sage leaves.
Three fabulous breads
Save room for dessert! Blueberry meringue, with whipped cream.
So while J works her tail off over in Kenya, you can see John and I have been taking on the onerous task of wedding planning. Incredibly stressful, this. I hope she and B (who god bless 'im is over there at her side) appreciate it.
Anyway, what do you think? This place looks good, doesn't it? Or should we keep looking?