Herb of the Week for 7th December
Spring into Summer by Lynn Kirkland
When does spring become summer nowadays,
this is the question with no sure answer.
After the hot November we have just had
it looks like summer has maybe arrived.
However when we look at the garden it
appears that spring is still bursting
forth with birds hatching and being dispatched
into the big wide world; roses with more
blooms than I have seen for many a season
and the lavender is colouring up ready
to open their minute flowers. As for herbs
such as mint and its cousin lemon balm,
you need to get cracking with some heavy
usage or trim them back to keep fresh
new leaves coming.
I was travelling in the South Island over
a week and I could not believe the amount
of growth that had occurred in the short
space of seven days. It really is the
time to visit our gardens to see the splendour
of the blooms and the scents are fantastic
because of the heat.
Of course now we are watching the skies
for rain so the gardens can have a freshen
up and the tanks can get filled up. Gardeners
are always at the mercy of Mother Nature
and we try to prepare for things like
drought by planting appropriately and
mulching heavily. I think it works well
as our herbs are robust, aromatic and
bursting with goodness.
Take time out in the garden as the pressures
of end of year activities come on and
allow the garden and plants to permeate
their serenity into your spirit.
I sat in our fairy garden for quite a
while with my camera at the ready to capture
this beautiful moment in nature of the
proud mother starling at the doorstep
of her family home. Protected by the thorny
rugosa roses to keep hungry cats away
this lovely bird made an excellent choice
of address for family.
lynn another great read.
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