Sunday, June 22, 2008
My favorite summertime drink is sun tea with spearmint. I've been growing mint in my garden for at least 20 years in different houses. Every time I move I just dig up a bunch and dump it in a pot and put it in the truck. When we get to the new place I just dig a quick hole in a sunny spot near the back of the garden and dump it in. It always thrives and takes over a large area.
In this garden, when we moved here eight years ago, I put it near the fence a couple steps from the back door. I also started some honeysuckle on that fence to screen out the neighboring apartment house parking lot, and sooner or later some English Ivy found the same fence. The lesson for me: beware starting honeysuckle! It's a weed even stronger than mint.
Because my side of the fence is the shady side the mint moved itself to the sunny side, away from me. It migrated right through the fence and was thriving along the parking lot edge until the honeysuckle completely took over.
The mint I used to have in my yard I now have to walk around the fence to pick from the edge of the parking lot, and this year it is getting harder to find. I dug up some roots and replanted them on my side of the fence in a new spot. I hope they take over this new corner because I make tea almost every day and I need my mint.
According to the Book of Mint, by Jackie French, the Romans believed that eating mint would increase intelligence. She says, "recent research at the University of Cincinnati in the United States has indicated that sniffing mint may improve your concentration; and several large Japanese companies pipe minute amounts of mint oil through the air-conditioning systems to invigorate workers and increase productivity." I just like to drink it on a hot afternoon when I am not planning on doing much at all. It's very relaxing.
Here's what other bloggers are posting about gardens:
writer2b has photos of her veggie garden. I am envious of her peppers and cucs!
Lisa has lovely photos of wildflowers in Ontario. Gorgeous!
Becky shows us her lilacs and shares a dream of building a house in the midst of them.
Charlotte shares more photos of her roses, clematis and delphinium.
Sheila has shared some wonderful garden strategies, including growing lettuce in window boxes. Her strawberries look delicious dipped in chocolate!
Alkelda has delightful photos of her gardens and shares what delicious greens her daughter is discovering.
gawdess posted a charming photo of a peaceful corner of a friend's garden, featuring a bird bath surrounded by shade plants.
What's growing in your garden this week? It's not too late to put a link to your garden blog post in Mr. Linky below and be sure to leave us a comment. We'd love to come visit!