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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.

Thanks lynn another great read.

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