Having noticed earlier today that my sage has started to bloom, I realized that it is time to start thinking about harvesting some herbs. It is hard to believe, given that just a few weeks ago we had snow. It is generally recommended that if one wants to cut sage for drying (or freezing) that one do so before it starts to bloom. I love to see the purple flowers, though, so I disregard that rule and instead collect some stems before they go to seed. It is best to cut them in the morning after the dew has dried but before it gets hot for the day. One should not cut more than about 1/3 of the height of the plant. Sage can be hung in bundles to dry, but I prefer to spread the leaves out on a baking sheet and dry them using the pilot lights in my ovens.
Perfect timing Laurie — I was just looking at the pretty little blooms on my sage and thinking about needing to do some harvesting.
How lucky are you not only are you able to harvest you also get to enjoy the lovely flowers. It may be quite a while before I’ll be cutting any sage.
Thanks for sharing…
P.S. My Pineapple Sage hasn’t even sprouted yet:)
My culinary sage never dies back to the ground. It just gets pretty miserable looking. Once it warms up, I cut it back a little and then it perks up pretty quickly. I hope that you have a great garden this year!