Category: Leslie Milby

Herbs offer an ideal accent to your garden

With many gardeners putting their attention on their vegetable gardens with spring upon us, herbs could get some due consideration as well. Their green foliage and aromas in the air could add some atmosphere to a windowsill or plant beds, and can work as wonderful seasonings to accompany your harvest from your vegetable garden. Herbs fall into a few main categories: Flavoring, food, medicine, and perfume and many gardeners planting multiple herbs choose to group their plantings by category as well. The herb garden at Pickering Creek, which has been managed by the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society, since 2003, offers inspiration with its beds being planted with groupings like “Pizza,” “Tea” and “Remedies.” The Pizza nook of the garden has different types of parsleys, sage, and oregano. If you are trying out a small herb garden for children, “Pizza Gardens” is a popular choice because they house some of the more recognized herbs and end with a fun cooking project recognized by all children. Another fun herb niche is a Chocolate garden, with the star planting being Chocolate Mint, an herb that is growing in popularity. After being dried, it can be ground up and used in hot chocolate, frostings, and anywhere else you’d like a hint of something different. Team it up with other chocolate fragrant plants such as Chocolate Daisies and chocolate colored blooms such as Chocolate...

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Watercolor painting: It’s not just for children any more

by Leslie Milby Photos courtesy of Hillary Parker When most people think of watercolor, it may be hard for them to shake the notion of the kiddie version where it seemed like all you made was colored water flow across your page in a puddle — not a method of making a detailed, full-of-life masterpiece. But “paint night” events that have popped up at wineries and businesses throughout the area have worked to make even the most un-artisitic feeling participants come away with something worth hanging on a wall. Talbot County’s Waterfowl Festival is getting in on the act...

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Decoy fans can run afowl at festival

by Leslie Milby As the honking becomes louder and more frequent in the Eastern Shore fields and treelines outside, we know three things: The geese are migrating, many ladies are getting ready to become “hunting widows,” and decoys are about to come out of hibernation. What was once strictly a tool for hunting is now woven into the art and décor for homes throughout the Shore. And like other works of art, prices vary wildly. (One of the priciest decoys to fly through the Waterfowl Festival’s auction was a $22,000 ringneck decoy.) With this year’s festival and its devotees...

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