Monday, April 15, 2013

Hardy Mint

Herbs are such gracious plants, aren't they?

They are so fragrant and lush.

Last year, we had a mint plant that was quite generous with her thousands of leaves.

By fall, however, she was on the wane.

Could she survive inside during the winter?

It didn't look like it. 

Hubs put her up on the landing of the third floor where the attic is located.

As winter snows fell and skies clouded over, little mint looked pretty forlorn. 

I thought, and so did hubs, that she was a goner. However, he continued to water her.

While bringing up a large tub of Easter decorations to the attic recently, my hand brushed by the dormant mint plant.

A luscious fragrance filled the air and as I glanced down at minty, I almost screamed out loud.

Not only was she alive, she was flourishing and sending up little sprouts!

 After depositing the tub in the storage area, I retrieved the mint plant, plucked out all the masses of dead vines, and gave her a good drink.

Now, we'll keep her well watered and put her in the healing sun.

There's no doubt in my mind that she will give us lots of mint throughout the coming months.



Susan said...

Mint is very hardy!! Always plant in a pot or you'll have a yard full of it:-D Last year, for the Kentucky Derby, I made Mint Juleps for the first time with mine, but it's so versatile, every garden should have some. XOXO

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, I love herbs, and me and my husband were just talking the other day about growing an herb garden. Aaaahhhh, your little mint plant made it through. I love the taste of mint.

Thank you for your comment on my 'cousin' post today. I appreciate it so much.


Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Mint is a wonderful herb to grow and really very easy. I planted it next to my azaleas in the ground and it's everywhere. I've had to pull it up since the runners grow out into my roses. It tends to like some shade. Plant it in the ground where it has some shade and some sun, like on the edge of a bush or shrub.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I especially like the mint herb is a medicinal plant. Keep in touch

La Tea Dah said...

Yes, I love herbs! I winter over as many as I can. So yummy for tea or used in cooking! I loved your story.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

I don't think it's possible to kill mint,it's quite hardy,which is why we keep it in pots not the garden otherwise it runs out of control. I love herbs in the garden not only for the culinary use but for their lovely flowers and fragrance. I have them all mixed up with the flowers.:)

Linda O'Connell said...

Mama nature is full of wonderful surprises. Glad your plant rebounded, Susan.

Shirley said...

I do love herbs but have never grown them. I think I will give thema a try this year. At least I hope I will..Have a great sunshine day..

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Just as Jeanette said, it is wise to keep mint in a pot to keep it contained. I have moved mine from the ground to pots but still leave some growing in the flower beds. I yank most of it out but allow a little to continue growing as I use lots of it. Mostly in iced-tea.

Not sure, but I think mint is hardy even in your cold parts. You might not have to bring it indoors in the winter.

Nellie said...

Mint is very hardy, and it will actually take over the herb garden! We have a very hardy rosemary bush that we use all year round. Also, our sage made it through the winter this time. Our chives have spread a bit, too. Enjoy your Monday.

Chatty Crone said...

These is so funny - I just got three packets today to start! Just going to do it today! sandie

Bookie said...

Glad she lived. I never have kept over...know they live in the ground though...I just buy fresh pot each chocolate mint!

diane.stetson said...

I do not have enough time in the day to cultivate herbs but love them in my dishes that I cook. So glad your mint plant survived. I'd like it in my iced tea.

Dee said...

Hi, I like the new look of your blog. I have been catching up with your posts....I am glad your mint plant made it...I think they are hardy...and one of my favorite herbs.

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