Monday, August 23, 2010

Ornamental Oregano

I guess I'm in a picture posting kinda mood.

Here's a few more.

I have been cooking, just haven't been inspired to type up the recipes and get them'll happen soon!

Ornamental Oregano 4

Everyone has a favorite flower right?

Mine is the hydrangea.

I think everyone should have a favorite ornamental herb too. This is mine.

Ornamental Oregano.

Ornamental Oregano 5

I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.

John and I were at our favorite organic nursery, The Good Earth when this spectacular plant caught my eye.

It's called Kent Beauty (Origanum rotundifolia). Beauty it is.

It's not an edible herb. Who could eat should gorgeousness??

Ornamental Oregano 3

It's color comes not from the diminutive flowers they have, but from the light lilac hued bracts (a leaf-like part of the plant that is found just beneath the flower) that are really showy.

Wow I just sounded like a horticulturist didn't I?? Course I did, I swiped that line from a webpage, lol.

I love how it looks different depending on the lights it's in.

Ornamental Oregano 9

I love the prominent veins found in the heart-shaped blue green leaves.

I love the way that fragile little purple flower peaks their heads out from under the leaves.

Ornamental Oregano 8

If you stare at that flower long enough, you'll see a little fairy-like creature with a bouffant hairdo.

Ok maybe that's just me.

Ornamental Oregano 6

Just look those leaves. A perfect waterfall of chartreuse and lilac pink.

Ornamental Oregano 7

Ornamental Oregano

I planted it in a footed pot so I can move it around and enjoy it where ever I am in the yard.

Ornamental Oregano 1

Ornamental Oregano2

I'm probably posting way too many pictures, but I just can't help myself.

I wish I had a way with words, they way some folks do, yeah I'm talking to you Kim.

I don't. Sometimes I can just say it better with pictures.

Ornamental Oregano 10


Amy said...

That is a lovely flower. My favorite is actually a sunflower, which most people find huge and obnoxious. But I just find them bright and bold and awesome. Oh ya, Kim...she is amazing with her words. Her latest post kills!

Charlene said...

I love sunflowers.

Those are beautiful plants. I may add oregano to my herbs this next year. I already have sage and lavender.

Laurie said...

That is an absolutely gorgeous plant! Thanks for sharing it.

underthebigbluesky said...

I don't even have words for this flower.

I just stood here at work going...

ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

at each and every photo.

Kim said...

Wow, what a creation! It's wearing a little pastel party dress and posing for you!

So I was reading along, loving this little beauty--hopping down each photo and reading every sentence in between and then, suddenly no words would fall out of my head. I was stunned in one of those really good ways. You just made my day. Thank you for that. I just showed Rich. I think he is as surprised as I am! ;)

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, too!!!!! But, I have never, ever seen the likes of this one. It is love at first sight.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Yes, plant oregano! Plant it near an open window because the aroma will waft through your home day and night. It's very pleasing, especially if you plant thyme and basil along with it.

But the one seasoning that completely astonished me is my newly planted bay leaf tree. OMIGOD, a few fresh bay leaves in spaghetti sauce will elevate your happiness through it's remarkable taste. Oh... YES!

MoMo said...

Lisa, I truly love your pictures of this beautiful plant! I have never had so many repins of any picture I have posted on Pinterest! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

jaurine27 said...

I just found this plant today. I too fell in love at first sight. I don't know how to care for it and am looking for tips.

Anonymous said...

O.K. I've had this for years and also have regular oregano (all over the place - they're like hedges!) Why can't you eat this flower??? Is it poisonous?? I thought it would look pretty on top of a salad along with my nasturtiums!

FireLight said...

This is my current gardening crush and your images are spectacular!

FireLight said...

Thi is s my latest garden crush! Your images are spectacular!!

FireLight said...

Such a beauty! Thank you for all the pictures!