Journey to Richters
April 7, 2009
This year I’ve offered to start a herb garden in the backyard of my favourite local restaurant, the branch. A couple of months ago, I sat down with Chef Bruce and came up with a list of items from Richters Herbs, Canada’s herb mecca. Of course, I sat on it for a couple of months and realized last week that I should call to see how quickly an order could be mailed. I was told that they would probably mail my order in mid-May, a full month away, as they were currently filling out orders for the US and farther-away places.
I decided I couldn’t wait that long as part of my plan is to propagate cuttings that I can use to fill out the restaurant space. So on Sunday I drove 3.5 hours one-way to Richters.
I had only been there twice before, usually in late summer when all the seedlings have been picked over. What awaited me was really exciting:
Long rows of hundreds of varieties of seedlings, all freshly potted up with new, strong growth. Everything looked great, especially the Mojito Mint:
I made out like a bandit with the following plants:
Left to right: Gorizia rosemary, Edelweiss, Lemon Carpet thyme, Vietnamese coriander and Golden Sage
Left to right: Zaatar, French tarragon, Lemon Sculpture geranium, Lesbos basil and Profusion chives
Left to right: Bay laurel, Greek oregano, Caraway thyme, Crazy Sweet Stevia and French thyme
Left to right: Lemon verbena, Double chammomile, BBQ rosemary, Italian parsley and Orange Spice thyme.
The only thing I didn’t get on my list was the Super Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Super’), a hybrid lavender grown for its high oil content. Apparently there had been a problem with the cuttings and only 18 were available which were all scooped up by some woman last week. Nirts.
I also picked up some seeds: Envigor basil, Genovese basil, Mrs. Burns Lemon basil, Dark Opal basil, climbing nasturtium and a packet of Chef’s Salad (mixed edible flowers: nasturtium, citrus marigold, calendula, heartsease and borage). A couple of packets of jicama and white and brown mustard for someone else and some organic powdered rooting hormone for me.
What a great weekend!