Is your mid-winter garden heart-warming, even when viewed through a fogged-up window?
Don’t get me wrong, most days are beautiful in the South. But I constantly prowl around for practical, seasonal garden ideas, especially in January and February when temperatures drop quickly from Spring-like glory into chilly, wet, and gloomy.
Let’s kick this new garden year off by getting more of something while giving part of it away.
When I root cuttings of favorite old shrubs, throw wildflower seeds out my truck window, or dig up daylilies and iris and split them into smaller plants, I end up with more than I started with, usually with leftovers to share.
Some plants all but beg to be grown and shared. Spreading around the world and across all cultures and languages like a children’s hand-held string game, they easily bring diverse people together with good cheer.
Is a herb a herb, even if you don’t use it as one?
In an attempt to demystify a slough of simple, durable garden plants that are dauntingly lumped under one leaky umbrella by garden writers and plant societies, I insist that you don’t have to grow herbs as such to enjoy them.