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Even if the point of interest is on herbs as ornamentals in a number of backyard settings, from formal to wild, this is often an encyclopedia of herbs, together with greater than six hundred species and cultivars. It bargains details on cultivation, folklore and historical past, and culinary makes use of

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They must be air dry. You may have to compromise with the weather on this one. 2) Harvest before the heat of the day. Transpiration reduces the levels of an undetermined number of the herb's constituents during the late afternoon. Never harvest (for storage) in the evening. 3) Harvest just prior to blooming. Some of the chemicals stored are attractants for pollinators, they are pleasing to us as well as bugs, and they are present in their highest concentration prior to and during blooming. However, once an herb blooms other chemical changes occur that often decrease the quality of its fragrance and interfere with its storage ability.

Although the term fragrance is easily defined it is extremely difficult to identify the chemicals we are smelling. It is even more difficult to categorize herbs or flowers by their odor. Many produce several fragrant compounds. The Mint family is a good example of a multitude of odors, from subtle apple to spicy lime, yet all are only overtones to the predominant mint scent. As an example, in the essence of Peppermint, Mentha × piperita, are the spicy, mint-scented chemicals menthol and menthone as well as pinene and eucalyptol, which have a camphoraceous scent.

This prostrate mat is temperamental about soils, particularly damp ones, so during winter a layer of sand will help see it through. 'Mayfair' closely resembles 'Doone Valley' but has more widespread variegation that does not vanish in summer. Both are sold as Golden or Creeping Golden Thyme. The Creeping Thymes, forming spreading mounds that are generally over 3 in. , are divided into two categories: 1) a compact spreading mat, and 2) a mound. The first contains T. leucotrichus and T. pulegioides and its cultivars 'Fosterflower', 'White Magic', 'Oregano-scented', and 'Kermesinus'.

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