Garden Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Chrysanthemums, or mums for short, are a popular perennial. They originated from China where they were cultivated as early as the 15th century BC. After being introduced in Japan in the eighth century AD they found their way onto the Imperial Seal of Japan. Chrysanthemums were brought to Europe in the 1600s and later introduced …

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – Plants in my Apartment

Rosemary is an herb that will always have a place in my garden no matter where I live. I absolutely love it in potato soup, socca, and lemonade. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean, especially the coastal areas where it has been used since the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. A symbol of …

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Little Finger Carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus) – Plants in my Apartment

I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with carrots. Sometimes I can’t get enough of them and will go through a few bags a week, and other times I can barely stand to eat them. Right now I’m at somewhat of an in between point in the cycle; I don’t crave them but they’re not …

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White Soul Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) – Plants in my Apartment

Strawberry pez, that’s what White Soul Alpine Strawberries taste like to me. My sister agrees. I’m not quite sure what, but something about the intense strawberry taste and the slight tartness of the tiny berries (which I still haven’t figured out when are ripe) instantly reminds me of a candy I haven’t had in years. …

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Plants in my Apartment

The lemon balm of my youth was a giant. Taller than I was (at the time) and wider than my arm span it was the forest in the corner of our herb garden. My sister and I used its leaves in our pretend kitchen, making delicious smelling “cakes” and “salads” to sever our imaginary friends. …

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