The Wanderer

Red monarda pops up between day lilies in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Red monarda brightens up pink day lilies (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

They call me the wanderer, yeah, the wanderer, I roam around, around, around” ~ Dion (1961) ~

I remember planting a bright red bee balm, Monarda didyma, over twenty years ago because it was one of the first perennials introduced to my garden. And I remember anxiously awaiting its arrival the next spring, but something very mysterious happened. Instead of coming back in the spot I had planted it, the monarda popped up in other areas that were several feet from the original location. Hmmmmm. I wondered about this curious behavior, then decided I liked the plant enough to allow it some freedom. Many years later, that same plant continues to play hide and seek by showing up in different places between other plants and shrubs in my garden. What’s funny is that I have experimented with other bee balms since then and they don’t have the same wandering tendency, nor are they as long lived as this first specimen appears to be. [Read more…]

Thyme is On My Side

Woolly and Lemon Thyme line my gravel walkway in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Woolly and Lemon Thyme line my gravel walkway (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although tiny and often overlooked, thyme is one of the greatest workhorses in the garden, both as an ornamental plant and beneficial herb. Everything about thyme is harmonious; content to be tread upon and live happily on the edge without any care, except an occasional pruning to prevent legginess. Thyme is comfortable existing under the foliage of taller plants, and equally appeased when it can gently tumble over nearby sedum or other willing companions. With sun, well drained soil and a little space, thyme will soon become a beloved garden friend. [Read more…]

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