Today was one of those days you dream about at the end of winter. The sun is shining so strongly that your finally wear your sun hat into the garden. The cold sea breeze has finally stopped for a bit. It is warm. Not shorts weather warm, but warm enough that a coat is uncomfortable in the garden. Cool enough that it is pleasant to work in the garden.
My first order of business was to check everything planted the other day. They all seem happy. The spinach has finally started rising from the soil. It just needed a few nights above freezing to start to move. Hopefully in a few days it will all fill in. Green is starting to take over the garden.
But not everything in my garden is green. My chore today was to clean out all the leaves and old foliage from the herb gardens. As the leaves came off I found some beautiful thyme. My French thyme, my culinary favorite, was silver:
My English thyme, which is my most prolific culinary thyme, stayed stalwartly green all winter long under the snow and leaves:
My Creeping thyme (variety unknown), often loses its leaves over the winter, but the parts under the leaves remain green:
My Doone Valley thyme, which is an ornamental lemon scented creeping thyme, is the real beauty of the season. It turns green over the summer but in the cooler seasons it has pretty yellow variegation. After the winter that variegation turns red.
I have one thyme that isn't pictured. I'll save that plant the embarrasment of being shown without her clothes on. Most winters leave her with a patch or two of foliage left, but this winter was a hard winter and she is naked. I hope she grows back. She is the oldest thyme in the garden and she is showing her age. She is a Golden Lemon Thyme. When she was younger she had pretty golden edged leaves. She has lost her variegation over time and now she is just a simple green. She still smells wonderful though and in some years I pick enough to dry for the winter as she keeps her lemon scent very well. Some sites list this thyme as being hardy only to zone 7, but she has faithfully lived for 17 years in my zone 6 garden. I hope she survived our brutal winter.