This hot pink rose unexpectedly bloomed in my garden this year. I expected it to take a bit more time establishing itself, as it was placed near some tough competition. I picked the fragrant, hot-pink bloom to dry the petals so that I can try drinking rose petal tea!
Can you spot the yarrow leaf in the background?
My poor, confused Christmas cactus bloomed in summer! Here are more of its beautiful, hot pink-red flowers!
I give my mint patch a hard pruning every midsummer, and sometimes another in late summer or early fall to keep it under control. Unchecked, mint can become invasive in North America as it easily crowds out all other plants that may try to grow. Luckily, mint makes lovely tea and mintcakes! I harvest bundles and dry them in a dark room, then I strip the leaves from the stems and store them in a jar for cooking and tea the rest of the year. It’s important to label all your jars with the ingredient and the harvest date so that you don’t let anything go to waste.
I can taste it already! No, really, there were many more of these bundles unpictured and now my hands and my home all smells strongly of delicious mint!
I came across these two ladybugs on one of my white yarrow plants. Lady bugs are excellent because they eat the bugs that eat my garden plants.
I repotted a broken-off segment of my christmas cactus early in the spring. This must have confused it somehow, because it bloomed in the summer!
The flowers are this hot pink-red color. They don’t have much fragrance, but are certainly beautiful to look at!
Each flower lasts a few days before dropping off. There were a large number of flower buds on this house plant.
This weed is spread by birds and has a very sturdy root. I can’t seem to get rid of it. Unfortunately, it’s poisonous to eat.
Still, it’s such a vibrant, beautiful green color.
Valerian, an herb mentioned by the ancient Greeks, is generally grown for the root part, but the Victorians knew that it smells amazing and used the flowers in their perfumes. These little, white flowers fill the entire garden with their fragrance! I know they’re blooming just by stepping out the back door. If you are in the US, make sure you clip them before the seeds form to prevent them spreading where you don’t want them, as they’re not a native plant.
This lovely rose has survived the benign neglect my flowers receive, and has rewarded me with lowly, repeat blooms.
These roses will fall off rather than produce a rose hip, and while a self-dead-heading rose is really cool, I’ve taken the blooms at their peak to harvest their petals and dry them for tea.
I love perennial walking onions. Mine are purple. I traded for some a while back, then planted a couple of the ping pong-sized onion-lets, and cultivated them. It took a few years, but it paid off! I can harvest the tiny onion-lets for seasoning meals. They’ll be ready soon!
Unfortunately, my special zloty lan chamomile (from Baker Creek) which I sowed last year but magically grew over winter fell prey to the bugs infesting my area. I bought a packet of german chamomile and planted it to hopefully get some chamomile for tea this year. I drink so much chamomile tea. This round is looking much better!