Thursday, January 12, 2012

We're Slightly Confused Here and It Doesn't Take Much!

As you can see by the banner photo, we still do not have snow on the ground.  Here is my patch of pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens variegata) and it actually has some green showing.  Very unusual for January 12th!

These two are feverfews (Tanacetum parthenium) that are nice and green.  These have a double white flower.  I really like the single daisy flower better.  They seem to self sow just as well whatever you may have.

We have a few gray and green herbs here, mostly sages, Nazareth sage and Compact sage (Salvia officinalis 'Nazareth' and Salvia officinalis 'Nana'), thymes like Provencal thyme (Thymus vulgaris 'Provencal' and germanders (Teucrium chamadrys).

One of my favorites in salads, salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is always green through the winter when it isn't buried in snow.

A 'Bergarten' sage (Salvia officinalis cv. 'Berggarten') and a bloody dock or bloodly sorrel (Rumex sanguineus) are looking good as well.   Just between you and me, the bloody docks have also begun to multiple and crowd out other plants.

Then there is my problem area.  Always have liked my ornamental grasses until they have started to invade the herb garden!  Will have to dig up all of the good plants and get out the invading species and replant my herbs.  It will be an ongoing process.  It may be that we will have to cut down our ornamental grasses in the fall so that they will not seed so prolifically, but we also like to feed the birds and give them cover.  It also covers the cats as well.  Well, another subject for another day.

This final photo is a golden sage (Salvia officinalis 'Aurea') which also was a winner this summer.
Well, the snow is finally coming tomorrow.  First, they said it wasn't going to amount to much and now they are saying up to 5 inches!  So I made the grocery run today and hopefully we won't lose power and we will be all warm and cozy in the 'Burgh.  Hope you are staying warm or cool wherever you may be.  Talk to you later.


Carol said...

We got our first real snow last night ...only 3-4 inches ..however we also got a small amount of ice first. Which made roads terrible this morning. I was lucky enough to have the day off. Not so with hubby. He had to turn around and come home though. Then couldn't get back up the hill into the subdivision.

lemonverbenalady said...

Yikes! That's on the way for us, Carol! Thanks for the heads up! xxoo Nancy

Comfrey Cottages said...

We just got hit last nite, Nancy! Dreadful hauling the two little ones around in it today to get Dylan to and from his morning class:( But I am grateful for my bees sake.. I have been so worried that with the warmish weather that they weren't in hibernation and have ate through their winter stores.. time will tell. I adore feverfews crazy way of just popping up in the strangest places! lol! xx

lemonverbenalady said...

Hi CC, Hope those bees make it! Not as much snow as forecast, but geeze is it cold! They pop up in the strangest places! Thanks for stopping by honey! xx Nancy

Comfrey Cottages said...

Always delightful to visit your garden dear one:) Really cold here too, brrrr. Stay warm and comfy my friend xxx

lemonverbenalady said...

Thanks CC! You stay toasty as well! xx Nancy