Green Thumbs

Passion for growing plants

   Aug 23

A Mint In The Concrete Jungle

I adore mint, it was one of the plants that was hauled from place to place when we lived in Stockholm and moved around a lot due to the difficulties of finding an apartment. It has lived in many a pot and even a sad looking window box once.
I love it because the pretty lavender coloured flowers are popular with the bees and I’m also very fond of bees, who isn’t? It has a lovely scent and can be used in so many dishes. Everything from a decadent chocolate cake with a taste of mint to tzatziki and teas. The possibilities are endless.
I kept a tiny plant in an equally tiny pot and brought it home from Stockholm this spring and wanted to plant it on my balcony. Of course mint is highly invasive so I couldn’t plant it together with something else, it had to have a pot on it’s own and at the same time I wanted it to be frost proof since mint doesn’t like to live indoors in winter. I found a pretty concrete planter and had mom help me drill a drainage hole in the bottom. Pretty!
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The sunchokes are getting tall

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The Gloriosa lily in flower, dangerous beauty since it’s very poisonous.

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‘Manhattan’ got treated with keiki paste around Christmas, got two rootless keikis and now the keikis got flowers. I think ‘Manhattan’ is one of the prettiest orchids I have.

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