The Thymes they are a-changing

Caraway thyme bed compressed    Thyme is one of the best-loved of all herbs.  A versatile and durable perennial, its creeping branches can soften the harshest of rock walls, turn a stone into a comfortable tuffet or make a sunny bank into a fragrant wall of color!  There are few other plants whose scent can rival the sweet aroma of thyme.  To walk or lie on a carpet of aromatic thymes is a delight.  Many old poems and stories relate the romance of strolling over stone walkways interspersed with fragrant thymes or sitting on medieval benches with thyme-covered seats.  Many old garden paths were planted in thymes where each step of a passing lord or lady would release clouds of fragrance.  Thyme was associated with courage, and many a knight had the symbol of a sprig of thyme embroidered on a banner, or etched on his armor.

That thymes were among the first-appreciated herbs is not debated.  Descriptions of its merit are found in the early writings of Dioscorides and Virgil.   Pliny noted, “when burnt, it put to flight all venomous creatures.”

The early Egyptians recognized the powerful antiseptic and preservative properties of thyme, and used it for embalming.

Gerard’s herbal, originally published in 1597, describes thyme thus:  “Both Dioscorides and Pliny make two kinds of serpillum, that is, of creeping or wilde Time; whereof the first is our common creeping Time, which is so well known, that it needeth no description; that it beareth floures of a purple colour, as every body knoweth.”

Thymes were among the plants grown by monks and wisewomen, keepers of the medicinal plants throughout the Dark Ages.

Thymes grow wild in many countries, especially Britain and Greece.  In parts of England, wild thyme is called “Shepherd’s Thyme”.  Imagine how fragrant a hillside of thyme would be, when bruised by the hooves of grazing sheep.  The accompanying shepherds no doubt appreciated the plant, and often brewed it for a refreshing tea, or as a lotion to heal injured sheep.

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “Time heals all wounds”, but many gardeners are not aware that an old-time favorite herb, thyme can also heal wounds!  In fact, thyme is one of the oldest healing herbs known to mankind.  It has been commonly used as an expectorant for coughs and bronchitis, as a cold remedy, and externally for skin inflammations.  For centuries, its antibacterial effects have been appreciated, even before bacteria were known to exist!  In World War I, thyme was used with rosemary and lavender, to fumigate sick rooms and clean wounds.  Thyme is a disinfectant ingredient in mouthwash, and in many other over-the-counter remedies.  Check the labels of Listerine, or Vicks Vapo-rub, and you will see thymol, often as the first ingredient!

Thyme is also good for digestive problems, where it helps relax the gastrointestinal tract and aids in digestion.  A weak tea of thyme was often prescribed for a baby’s colic.  Strong teas were used for headaches and hang-overs, and as an external wash for ring worm and athlete’s foot.  It can also be used as a hair rinse for head lice and scabies.

In olden days, thyme was often carried to prevent plague.  In European folk tradition, it has been used for toothaches, stomach aches, cramps, flu, nightmares, nervous disorders, lowering blood pressure, and as a blood “purifier”.  The thymes most often listed for use medicinally are Thymus vulgaris, or common garden thyme, and Thymus pulegioides, often called Mother-of-Thyme, or wild thyme.

Because thymes are extremely aromatic, and high in oil content, they have often been used as insect repellents, or burned as offerings to gods on Midsummer Eve.  The fragrance of thyme was thought to relieve melancholy, shyness, and epilepsy!

Thymes in bloom are a delight for bees of all kinds, but especially honeybees.  Thyme honey is a delicacy here, but a staple in Greece.  Thyme honey spread on a piece of toast turns a mundane food into food for the gods!  The flavor of thyme enhances many foods, and is beloved by chefs around the world.

With so many uses, it is easy to understand why thyme has continued to be one of the most cherished and valued herbs throughout the passing centuries.  Although I grew nearly 50 varieties of thyme at the herb farm, I knew I would not grow that many in my new potager.  In fact, when it came down to choosing, only FOUR thymes now grow in my garden, the four that I actually use and enjoy most.  Here are the four in my garden:

Lemon Mist thyme compressed  THYME, LEMON MIST (Thymus x citriodorus cv.) Hardy Perennial.  Long, narrow leaves have delicious lemon scent and flavor.  The color is gray-green, softer than standard lemon thymes.  Mounding form, lavender-pink blooms.  8”  This is my absolute favorite.  Because the leaves are narrow, there is no need to attempt to chop them before adding them to any recipe.  It’s my go-to lemon thyme, fresh or dried.

Thyme compressed THYME, FRENCH (Thymus vulgaris cv.) Technically a perennial, but not reliably hardy Zone 6 or north.  Sometimes called French Summer Thyme or Narrowleaf Thyme.   Tiny, very narrow, gray-green leaves.  Excellent flavor, one that chefs insist upon!  A pot winters  indoors on a sunny windowsill, just in case we have a severe winter.  However, the past two years it has survived outdoors nicely.  Very upright, 10″.  This thyme is essential for my cassoulet, stuffed mushrooms or any mushroom dish, pork or lamb recipes, soups, stews and many teas.  I also use it as a hand-soak when my arthritis flares from too much gardening.

Lemon thyme compressed  THYME, LEMON (Thymus v. citriodorus)  Hardy Perennial.  Lovely flavor and scent, used in teas, cooking,  potpourri, etc.  Vigorous plants with large, deep green leaves.  8″  Because the leaves are larger, it is very productive, so essential if I need a quantity at one time. As you can see, it blooms a bit later than the others.

Caraway thyme compressed THYME, CARAWAY (Thymus herba barona) Hardy quickly-spreading perennial.  Long, narrow dark green leaves with excellent scent and flavor of caraway.  Pretty pink blooms.  Spreads widely with long stems in every direction, quickly carpeting a large area.  2″  I use this one to sprinkle over saurkraut in a Reuben sandwich, and in the cheese spread below.

And here are some of the recipes that make these four varieties of thyme necessities in my potager:

Thyme & Thyme Again:  This appetizer is so good, guests will visit it “thyme & thyme” again!  Mix 8 oz. cream cheese, softened; 4 oz. sour cream, 2 T. chopped English or French thyme, 1 T. chopped Lemon (or caraway) thyme and 1 T. finely chopped parsley.  Blend all ingredients and chill overnight.  Serve with crackers or vegetable sticks.

Lemon Thyme Cake:  We made this delicious dessert often for guests at the farm, and everyone always asked for the recipe! Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Butter and flour a tube cake pan.

Cream together:  3 stick butter, 3 c. sugar till light and fluffy. Add 1 at a time:  5 eggs, beating well after each. Add:  1 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 T. chopped lemon thyme. Add alternately, about 1/3 of each at a time, beginning and ending with flour, folding gently just until blended:  3 c. flour, 7 oz. lemon-lime soda

Pour into prepared tube pan.  Bake 1 hr. and 15 min.  Test center.  Cool in pan 15 min, then remove to serving plate.  Serve as is, or sprinkle with powdered sugar, or make a glaze of lemon juice, powdered sugar and chopped lemon thyme.  Garnish with sprigs of thyme and yellow violas!

Lemon Thyme Tea:  Mix 1 part thyme (English, French, or Penn. Dutch), 1 part lemon thyme, 1 part peppermint, 1/4 part crushed coriander seeds.  If using fresh herbs, use 1 T. per cup of boiling water.  Steep 10-15 minutes, strain and serve with slender strips of lemon peel and honey.  If  using dried herbs, use 1 tsp. mixture per cup of water.  Store remaining dried tea in an airtight container.  This is especially wonderful after a long day of shoveling snow!

“Bug” Therapy Tea:  Combine 1 T. thyme, 1 T. sage, 1 slice ginger root per 2 cups of boiling water.  Steep 5-10 min.  Be it cold or tummy flu, this tea soothes.

And wonderful day, the sun is actually shining, so it’s thyme to garden!  Blessings on this holiday weekend, and if you travel, be safe.

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Rain again…and again

Three glorious days of sunshine, so I frantically planted veggies in the potager for long hours on the first two.  Almost all of the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, climbing melons and beans, many lettuces, edible flowers, more cippolini and Italian red scallions are in the beds.  Several flats of marigolds, Profusion zinnias, and Montego snapdragons went into the Front Garden and Front Island.  By the third day, my back was aching and unfortunately (or fortunately?) gardening was interrupted by a full day in the city (no, not our little town, or the big town, but the real city, Indianapolis!)  I got home in time to water the greenhouse and flats, and to get one more flat of portulaca into the Deck Garden before dark.

This morning, more Double Profusion zinnias, portulaca, and some perennial orange dianthus made it into the border before the RAINS began again, but I’m falling behind.  There are so many plants to go into the ground….some are on the north greenhouse shelves Pots in gh compressed  There’s 640 there, in case you’re counting.  And on the left bench there’s lots more than this photo shows,Pots gh west bench compressed  you can’t even see them all, but there’s 340.  And underneath it are a few more on the red wagon and on the ground Pots on wagon compressed in front of it.  I’m not counting those, because most of them haven’t even been transplanted into their own pots yet.  And more on the floor  Pots on gh floor compressed  some of which have been transplanted, and some have not.  (See, I’m really behind.)  And, I didn’t even take a photo of all those on the potting bench on the right.  But, let’s take a glance outside.  Here’s the bench that sits on the east side of the greenhouse, holding 540 plants

Pots east bench compressed  The little table has 96, and there’s another 244 on the ground.  And then there’s the double benches in front of the greenhouse  Pots on bench compressed holding 956. And because I’m out of bench space, I’ve put flats on the raised beds in spots where bush melons, winter squash, etc. will go in later:  Pots on beds compressed  There’s 544 minus 8 in that batch.  Oh, if you look carefully in the top left, you’ll see a couple of overturned mesh flats.  They are shading some newly transplanted beet thinnings.  Yes, I’m so frugal (tender-hearted?) that I hate to discard thinnings, so I transplant nearly all of them.  Unfortunately, I didn’t calculate those in my planting plans, so I’m going to run out of space before I run out of plants.  Hmmm.  And, while we’re looking, notice those happy shallots in the center of the front bed?  Nearly all of them have divided into 8 new shallots!  And, you can also see (ugh!) bare landscape cloth on the path because (a) we’ve had so much RAIN that is has washed a lot of the mulch down the paths and out the back gate! (b) we’ve had so much RAIN that I can’t get a load of mulch anywhere near the potager.  There are more plants tucked next to the triangle beds…(which are now planted 🙂Pots on soil compressed  and a few flats under the double benching, on the bench under the shed overhang, and on the green table.  And, the back of my golf cart is filled with the next plants to go into the ground..when it stops RAINING!  Meantime, I’m headed to my chiropractor, so I’ll be ready and able, just in case it does stop RAINING!!!!



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Thwarting the birds

Last year, I was overjoyed to begin picking a quart or so every few days from the strawberries I’d planted in the potager.  They were older plants moved from the prior Cook’s Garden at the farm, so were off to a good start.  My joy was soon curtailed, however, when the robins discovered the fruit.  Soon every nearly ripe berry had peck holes.  Yesterday, finding the first ripe berry, I sprung into action….well, as springy as these 70 year old bones can be these days.  (Note:  this winter, I’d planned to build elegant berry boxes that I’ve seen on some of your blogs, but I procrastinated.  Now I need instant protection, so elegance is set aside for quick.)

Cane compressed    Last month, when I visited my friend Christine, I found her cutting armloads of young bamboo canes that were infringing upon her lawn.  They’d been planted along a ditch between properties and were now spreading rampantly into her property.  (Lesson here:  be sure you plant only clumping bamboo, not the running.)  Lucky for me, she wanted to be rid of them, so I loaded a huge armload into the back of my truck, thinking they would make terrific pea and bean trellises, and stakes for tall lilies.  Upright canes compressed  Voila!  Instant support for the berry netting.  Simply sticking the poles deeply into the soil along the edges of the boxes, bringing them together in the center and anchoring them to a horizontal supporting pole with a bit of wire, the framework quickly came together.

Berry framework compressed  The tall canes were trimmed to a manageable height.  Untangling the netting took longer, but eventually it was spread over the framework and anchored to the bottom with additional small pieces of bamboo cut from the trimmings.   Berry netting on framework compressed You must look closely to see it.  Let’s see if the birds can overcome that!

The leftover trimmings became supports for the peas.  Although the “Little Marvel” variety I planted first remain fairly short, staking them a bit keeps them from flopping over onto their neighbors, in this case kohlrabi and radishes in the center rows.  (Yes, I plant densely.)

Peas staked compressed

Just one other note.  Last year I stupidly picked off the bird-pecked berries and threw them over the potager’s fence.  I suspect passing raccoons found those, and investigated further until they discovered the source.  I won’t be doing that again.  Doubt if my “quick and dirty” framework will thwart raccoons, so I still plan to build those elegant berry boxes, but in the meantime, as least my berries are protected from the birds.  I hope!


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A Day of Firsts!

After a long spell of cold, rainy weather it is suddenly 87 degrees and total sunshine!  The slight drawback are the 50 mph winds that are really drying things out.  I’ve had to water the flats on the outside benches twice today, partly to keep them moist as they became dry and partly to just keep enough weight with moist soil to keep the flats from blowing off the benches.  The good news is that there were a lot of “firsts” of the season today.  Most importantly, (trumpets, drum roll AND happy dance, please!) the first strawberry!

Strawberry compressed  Pardon the blur, but I was so excited I couldn’t hold the camera steady.  Actually there are several that are nearly ripe, so I will pick the beds tomorrow. (Honoeye, a June-bearing variety)

The first pea blossoms (Little Marvel variety) opened today:  Pea bloom LM compressed  Actually there are LOTS of those.

The first snow pea blossom (Dwarf Gray Sugar) appeared…just one lonely flower :Snow Pea bloom compressed  The new white alliums are now fully opened:  Allium white compressed  The clematis on the trellis by the bench is blooming for the very first time with huge flowers:

Clematis white compressed  The first blackberry bloom appeared:

Blackberry bloom compressed  Although it was whipping in the wind and refused to hold still for a portrait.   And the first black raspberry flowers in clusters that promise a good crop:  Black rasp bloom compressed   But not all is good in the magical potager, for evil lurks.  Today also marks the discovery of the first cabbage worm:  Cabbage worm compressed  It was actually on a broccoli, of course (their favorite, I think) and because I found one, I searched intently because my grandmother always said that these worms are like mice.  “If you see one, there are ten you don’t see.”  I found 7 of his relatives (probably kissing cousins) so there are no doubt more lurking, but these old eyes just couldn’t find any more, even though I searched the cabbages, kale, kohlrabi and cauliflowers as well.  I would have sprayed Bt, an organic remedy that will kill cabbage worms even as small as an eyelash, but as windy as it was, and with rain in the forecast, I decided to use the squish elimination method instead.  And, today the first herbal vinegar of the season was made:

Chive vinegar compressed  If you’ve never made chive vinegar, do try it.  Simply pop off the blossoms (right after a rain when they are clean, but dried off is a perfect time) stuff them into a clean jar, and cover with vinegar.  You can use white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or plain white vinegar.  Fill to the top of the neck, add a couple of wine corks (if you have them, if not a ball of waxed paper will work) to force the blooms to stay under the vinegar and add a lid.  Allow to steep for at least three weeks, then strain and put into pretty bottles or jars.  I always make vinegar with my chive blossoms, because if I don’t harvest them, they will self-seed all over the beds and even the paths.  “Waste not, want not,” and you will be so happy to have chive vinegar for stir-fry, salad dressings, marinades, etc. that you will never waste your chive blossoms again.

So, today was an exceptional day.  Other tasks were accomplished, but that is for the next post.  Hope you day was exceptional and filled with firsts as well.  Herbal blessings, Carolee

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What happens if….

it rains 16 out of 18 days?

  1.  The Gardener gets very grumpy, watching the fields flood and the mulch washing away.  The area farmers will have to replant hundreds of acres once it dries out, and planting in general is falling way behind schedule.
  2.   The plants in the gardens can’t grow because it is so cool and gray; some give up and rot.  Some are eaten by critters forced out of their usual areas by high water.
  3.   There is so much standing water that the metal post holding our satellite dish that hosts the internet rusts enough that the 55 mph winds break it loose!  Now the gardener can’t even lessen her frustrations by reading fellow gardeners’ blogs, or post any of her own.
  4.   Those same winds pull all the tulip petals off.  They blow across the lawn like orange autumn leaves, leaving bare stems.  Good-bye spring.
  5.   Containers must be moved from the patio.  The rain puddles are deeper than the drainage holes and plants are sagging in defeat.
  6. The satellite dish repairman finally comes and attaches the dish to the side of the gazebo…not attractive but faster than pouring new concrete in waterlogged soil.
  7.   The gardener reads a few blogs and contemplates her next post, fearing that her readers may suspect she has drowned, but has to turn computer off due to a large, noisy thunderstorm.
  8.   The next morning, there is no internet again.  The gardener despairs, and decides she might as well travel to see P. Allen Smith’s gardens in Arkansas.  It was well worth the trip.  (Photos to come later.)  It rained the entire 4 days she was gone.
  9.   Returning home after 9 p.m., the gardener smiles as the wind finally ceases, as well as the rain, but can she rejoice?  No, because clear skies forecast frost.  She covers all she can by the headlights of her pick-up truck and hopes for the best.
  10.   Not just frost, but a hard freeze envelops the area that night.  It turns the potatoes black and the broccoli leaves white.  All the soil blocks of plants in flats are frozen solid.  A day or so later the blackened parts have turned brown and the potatoes seem to be recovering with new green leaves.  The internet is still not working.  potatoes frozen
  11.   After hours on the phone with technicians, it is determined that the router for the wi-fi is fried.  Probably struck by lightning.  Drive to town (the big town where such things are available, not our local 3-miles-away town.)  A new router is purchased.
  12.   The rain returns.  Sigh!  More hours spent trying to get new router connected and working.  Technician on phone finally suggests the router may be defective and should be returned for a new one.  Another trip to the big town.  Ugh! Another day spent in tech-land rather than real land.
  13.   Finally squeezed in an afternoon of deadheading the soggy beds and borders, and seeded a few rows in the raised beds of the potager.  The broccoli is turning multi-hued with pink, purple and gold tones.  Is that healthier than white?broccoli frozen compressed
  14.   Dumped the frozen plants that did not recover and replanted.  There is a bit of actual sunshine in the late afternoon.  Not sure where the sunglasses are…they are probably antiques by now.
  15.   Forecast is for 80 degree temperatures and sunshine for two days before the rain returns.  The gardener would do a happy dance, but realizes she is scheduled for a colonoscopy and will be spending those two days indoors.  Then more rain coming.
  16.  On the plus side, 9 books were read in those 18 days, the internet seems to be working (knock wood!) and I’ve kick-started the new diet albeit it in a not very fun way.  There’s always a silver-lining in those storm clouds, if one searches!
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April review of the Potager

Although it was slow-going early in the month due to continual rain, seeding and planting is caught up for the moment.  The potager has really changed since April began.  Several beds have seeded crops growing, like this one with peas and radishes.  As usual, the radishes are a nurse crop for slower germinating seeds like carrots.

Peas Apr 17 compressed In fact, I’ve already been harvesting a few tender, delicious radishes, and I’ll need to put some support sticks in the peas soon.   I am also beginning to harvest spinach, lettuce, green onions, and several herbs.  To the left, you can see how nicely the shallots are growing, and these are the ones I planted last fall as a test to see if they would winter over.   Not shown, are the first beans (Royal Burgundy that can tolerate cool soils) which have pushed through,  the second and third planting of peas, and the newly emerging carrots, kale, kohlrabi, beets, chard, cipollini, etc.  The little “Bright Gem” tulips edging the center path have emerged.  And I’ve added orange violas closer to the edges, hoping they will bloom before it turns too hot.  The “Salmon Gem” tulips edging the E-W path were no-shows, and since they were more expensive, I’ll use “Bright Gem ” on both paths next year.  Center view pot Apr 17 compressed  Notice that the arches have been moved to this North-South path this year for vine crop rotation.  Last year they were on the East-West path, which I think I like visually better, but we’ll see as the season progresses.  You can see lots of garlic (9 kinds) and more shallots if you look closely.  There are lots of tiny onion seedlings in ground, but you really can’t see them. And here’s a view from the NW corner  showing strawberry beds in bloom.  I hope I don’t have Pot view from NW compressed Apr 17 the problem with raccoons again this year.  You can also see some flats sitting on the raised beds.  That’s because all the benches are full, and the greenhouse is packed.  I’m trying to get all the flats out of the basement.  Broc Apr 17 compressed  And even though I’m planting everything that can go in before our last frost date (May 5-10, depending upon who you believe) like the pretty Blue Wind Broccoli shown above left, there are still lots of flats waiting.  I’ve transplanted over 3800 plants already into individual pots, and there are still seedling flats that need doing.  In total, there are 41 crops newly planted in the potager, plus all the perennial crops (rhubarb, strawberries, edible flowers, and lots of herbs.)  Right now, I’m in a holding pattern, just waiting for warmer temperatures.  Until then, I guess I’ll be forced to just sip Hugo’s and rest in these cheerful green chairs…..Green chairs compressed …whenever it stops raining.  Enough with these April showers!  I’m ready for May!  Are you?

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Fleeting Spring

P front border April 17 compressed   All winter we long for spring.  We dream of how the many, many bulbs planted in autumn will emerge and flower.  Will the combinations pictured be reality, or even better?  Will the timing of the bulbs with flowering trees be correct?  We drool over photos of spring blooms geographically south of our gardens for what seems weeks.  And then, finally, there are flowers appearing in our own gardens and pots.  The crocuses come, and on their heels the iris reticulata.  True miniature irises follow, the large-flowered crocus, and then miniature daffodils appear.  The forsythia blooms and daffodils emerge and sway in the breeze….unless they are folded over by the winds.  My favorite muscari, Valerie Finnis compliments the yellows with its sky-blue flowers.  Muscari Valerie compressed  This was the first year for a fantastic daffodil, which I added to the new island bed in the front yard.  It’s called “British Gamble.”  Daffy British Gamble compressed   The flowers are huge and the prettiest shade of apricot, all ruffly on the trumpet edge.  The surrounding white petals really set off the trumpet.  The stems were not only strong enough to support the big flowers, but they all survived our 55mph wind gusts!  Impressive.  I admired them daily, and remembered that while I planted them, I kept thinking of the British decision to leave the EU, a true British gamble.

In contrast, the daffodil I was most hopeful for was “Congress.”  With a name like that I should have known I’d be disappointed.  It was flashy, bright yellow petals with a somewhat squashed red-orange trumpet, but it’s flowers were not as large as touted, and it was not long lasting, so not a hard worker in the garden scheme.  Probably how it got it’s name. (Sorry, I’m not usually political.)  I didn’t even get a good photo.  My favorite daffodil is still “Delnashaugh,” a beautfil apricot and white that began blooming April 5 and is still beautiful today (the 29th).  It also has great strong stems.Daffy Delnashaugh compressed  For a little charming narcissus, I’d pick this one….. Narc Pippit compressed called “Pippit.” It’s a bright, bright golden yellow, with a very pale, creamy trumpet, and multiple flowers on a stem.  They began April 19, and are going strong.   The tulips then came fast and furious, beginning April 9.  P int border APr 17 compressed  Although they were supposed to be early, mid and late, they all pretty much bloomed at once.  If I hadn’t mapped their locations carefully, I would have had trouble telling which variety was which in some cases.   In this photo, the tallest and closest to the fence are the “Apricot Emperor” just beginning to fade.  In front of them are “Daydream,” which opened pure yellow before turning various luscious shades of orange, tangerine, coral, and apricot all together as they age.  In front of those are “Charming Beauty,” more about them later, and the short ones are T. orphanidea flava, which began pale orange and faded to yellow.  In the background, behind the fence are “Annie Schilder” which proved pretty durable.  Here’s a close-up of one of my very favorites, “Charming Beauty.”

Tulip Charming compressed  This one was one of the brightest.  Generally they are a little softer apricot, and almost like a peony.

All in all, I was happy with my plans and color choices.  It was just too, too brief.  The poor flowers were hammered repeatedly by hail, and almost daily by strong wind gusts.  The good news….no rabbit or deer damage this year thanks to Plantskydd.  I’ll replace the tulips again this fall, because very few returned from last year.  “Blushing Lady” returned, most likely because she was in a spot that is rarely watered.  A few of the fringed “Aleppo” also returned.  Tulips like to be dry while they are dormant, and since nearly all of mine are in flower beds that get watered all summer, they cannot be expected to survive.  Of course, the other bulbs will generally not only return, but multiply.  I won’t detail all the many varieties planted, but just wanted to touch on those that are becoming favorites.  However brief and battered, as long as I am physically able, I will plant tulips again and again.  To me, their beauty and grace are well worth the effort.

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