What is a Posset?

I came across the following post today and thought I’d share it with you.

A Super Easy Old-Fashioned Creamy Dessert

It is from a blog called Gather: Wild Food, Magical Cookery.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

“Be cheerful knight: thou shalt eat a posset to-night at my house”  William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Dating back to the middle ages, the posset is making a comeback. Perfect for when you want to whip up a special dessert with minimal effort, it’s made with three ingredients, honey, cream and lemon juice. These are boiled together and chilled overnight. That’s it. And if that isn’t wonderful enough, try infusing your posset with spring flowers like lilac, wild rose or elderflower. Simply divine.

April 2002

It’s Spring in Texas…. (and, yes, this newsletter is a little late…… it is spring you know…..).

which means the roadsides and pastures are filled with drifts of blue, pink, orange and bright yellow. The Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, is a sky blue lupine that has been planted all over the state, thanks in part to Lady Bird Johnson. The bluebonnet pods split open when the seeds are ripe and the seeds are tossed here and there to germinate for next year. Pink primroses, called buttercups by many because of the yellow centers, grow in concert with the orange Indian Paintbrush and golden yellow coreopsis to create vibrant color combinations. The trees are leafing out with the bright, fresh green of new growth. The pastures themselves look velvety green with new grass for the cattle to graze.

In the herb garden, the lavender and thyme blossoms are abuzz with bees, new basil plants have been put in and the oregano and marjoram plants are sending up tall stalks that will flower later in the season. Roses and poppies are blooming everywhere. In my gardens, I seem to have an abundance of dark red roses: climbers and shrubs. They are a lovely foil to the yellow irises blooming in and around the water garden.

April is a busy sales season here because it’ll soon be too hot to plant new things or to work outside in the middle of the day. Sales have been brisk this spring at the many garden and botanical shows I’ve attended. Lavender is still a favorite, although the purchase of lavender plants comes with lots of questions. So, here are some tips for growing lavender in the south, along with some general information which may help you choose the variety that’s best for your area. Continue reading “April 2002”