Leaves and Earth

Last weekend I went up to Tallahassee to pick up my friend Lauren, who has been teaching English in Korea for the past year. On the way to bundle her and her luggage into my car, I stopped by Tallahassee Nurseries to indulge my green thumb. I love the Tallahassee Nurseries.  When I was at FSU I went frequently: their plants are always healthy, and they pack them in a cute brown paper bag.

Peppermint, mentha piperita.  I love this herb, even though I've never really liked the taste of mint.  It smells so cold and fresh when the leaves are crushed.  It's practically impossible to kill, as long as it gets water and sun.  And there's nothing like fresh mint leaves in iced tea. 

Lavender, lavendula.  Smells.  So.  Good.  Rumored to soothe insomnia, and also good as a cooking herb.  Last week I made some blueberry-lavender ice cream, which I'll be posting about soon!

Little Lanterns Columbine, aquilegia canadensis.  Columbine flowers are so delicately beautiful that they don't seem quite real-- they look like the wild invention of a fairy tale.  But my plant doesn't have any blooms on it yet.  I tried to grow columbine from seed once with no success at all.

Snapdragon, antirrhinum majus.  I just love snapdragons.  I love the name, I love the blossom clusters, I love the rainbow of colours and varieties.  And I use them as a rain barometer for my other plants!  When the snapdragon starts to droop, I know it's time to water everything.

In her book  Hidden Art, Edith Schaeffer said, "Human beings were made to interact with growing things, not to be born, live and die in the midst of concrete set in the middle of polluted air." 

So here's my patch of green.