I’ve shoveled out of the snow and ice and I’m thinking Spring! This is inspiring me today…
It’s a cold, rainy and generally gloomy Saturday in Cincinnati. I’ve managed to get a few errands done, but all I want to do is curl up and keep warm. Maybe do a bit of needlepoint…
Then there appeared a bright spot – the blooming of a spectacular Autumn-colored dinner plate dahlia!! It loves the miserable weather. A gorgeous reminder that even a dark and damp Fall day can be beautiful!!
- Dahlias, dahlias and more dahlias. Still going strong (rozsmithblog.wordpress.com)
- Mrs. Blossom’s Dahlias (jenbowles.typepad.com)
- Yellow Dahlia Flower (22flowers.wordpress.com)
- Dahlia Heaven (lulumusing.wordpress.com)
- The Dahlia Lady (justlivinggreen.wordpress.com)
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by
- Summertime (bsnbrazil.wordpress.com)
- For Those That Remember & Those That Don’t ~ Chill Out to Janice & Summertime (ravens-tree.com)
- Summertime – the August poetry challenge (charioteers.org)
- summertime sadness (emmabjarkvik.wordpress.com)
- Kiss Me Hard Before You Go. (richasheth2112.wordpress.com)
- “Summertime” (kcchristinacole.wordpress.com)
- Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness (trendsmusic.wordpress.com)
Herbs of the Mint family are a beautiful and useful addition to any cottage garden. They include such favorites as basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme, lavender, and lemon balm.
Originally, cottage gardens were grown for household use, not for beauty alone. Herbs were used as medicine, as flavoring for food, and to freshen the air in the damp, musty lodgings.
The concept of a separate herb garden, isolated from other flowering plants, would have been inconceivable to an early cottage gardener. Herbs and vegetables were grown side by side with roses and foxgloves, both of which also had household uses.
As you can see from these pictures, herbs can be as beautiful as purely decorative plantings. They are also very attractive to bees and butterflies.
I try to incorporate as many as I can into my overall garden design.
- The Wonderful World of Mints – Part One (showmeoz.wordpress.com)
This charming poster is both educational and decorative. It’s a great reminder of what bee-friendly plants are blooming throughout the foraging season.
It’s available for purchase from Friends of the Earth.
- English Cottage Gardening – Bees Love Nepeta And So Do I (romancingthebee.com)
- Bringing Back the Buzz to Eastbourne (eastbournefriendsoftheearth.wordpress.com)
- How important Bees are: responsible for our food, our whole ecosystem. (astudentlivingwithmentalillness.wordpress.com)
- English Cottage Gardening – Plant An Apple Tree For Arbor Day (romancingthebee.com)
- Bee-Poisoning: The Death of a Species? (1millionwomenblog.com)
I love Nepeta aka catmint! It’s also a favorite of honey bees and other pollinators. It’s deer resistant too!
Below one of my ever-present fluffy Bumbles enjoys a tasty snack…
It is a beautiful plant to use in a border. Gertrude Jekyll wrote “it is a plant that can hardly be overpraised.”
I find catmint easier to grow than lavender. If you cut it back after first bloom, it will bloom again just as vigorously.
My favorite cultivar is Walker’s Low which was the 2007 Perennial of the Year. The name, Walker’s Low, does not refer to the size of the plant, but to a garden in England.
Plant some catmint this summer. Your buzzing friends will thank you!
- English Cottage Gardening – Planting Mt. Everest (romancingthebee.com)
- Easy, Pretty, Perennial (thesimplelandscape.com)
- Beautiful Beekeeping – Beautiful Beehives Of The Day – Simple But Elegant (romancingthebee.com)
Foxglove, Hosta, and Clematis are the stars of my garden in May!
- Clematis (asurreygarden.wordpress.com)