Friday, February 19, 2010
Fragrance of foliage
Sometimes I think I like the fragrance of foliage even better than that of flowers. I grow herbs primarily for fragrance. Interestingly I have several lemon herbs although lemon is not a favorite scent. I have lemon verbena, lemon balm, and lemon thyme. Of those, lemon verbena is by far the favorite. I did have lemon grass, which was our cat PJ's favorite, but when he died I threw out the grass. It would be easy enough to grow another just by rooting a stalk from the market, but Jerry thinks lemon grass in food tastes like dish soap. The best herb scent has to be rosemary. I have it at the corner of the house where I swipe my hand through the branches every time I go into the back yard. Of course there is pine, and I love that, and dwarf myrtle and Breath of Heaven. But my favorites are more subtle. Geranium 'Biokovo' and columbine both have amazing scent but I have to be down thinning out dead foliage or digging to divide or move plants before that scent is revealed. I think the fragrance of foliage is so enticing because it is unexpected.