Mint brings all of life into slow motion. 4 Minutes Amid Mint by oakgall
For many years, I lived in the South. I can still remember the sense of wonder that I felt in late October, my first year there, seeing that there were still garden plants blooming outside. Fast forward 20 years, and the South has moved North.
You could miss out on a field of buttercups.
Bees. Except for a small number of bumblebees, my garden, usually buzzing at this time of year, is devoid of pollinators. I use no pesticides.
Sage requires no burning of gasoline for mowing. It only needs to be renewed, through cuttings taken from old plants, and stuck in soil that remains moist, to become new, young plants.
Whether these poppies germinated at the beginning of winter, when temperatures remained unusually warm, or had rapid growth triggered by the unusually hot weather we’ve been having over the last week and a half, I can’t be sure of. What I can say is that I have never before seen a March of such unseasonal and robust plant growth in my garden.
Where did these accidental additions to the garden come from?
In this extraordinary heat, many plants are showing signs of profound stress, with foliage that’s thin and wilting, having been asked to do the job of summer without having had a cool period in which to grow strong.
Evidence that I am a bleeding heart liberal.
What are the peonies growing in my vegetable patch good for?