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Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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10 thoughts on “Planting Happiness

  1. Is that a Salvia officinalis in top photo? with the Bluish white foliage? Or perhaps something else altogether? My ancient specimen of S. officinalis succumbed to constant summer rainfall. It had a woody, weathered and gnarly base from its advanced age, reminding me of a Bonsai. It put out dozens of purple spikes in spring. Leaves were added to many Tuna/Bean/Sage salads. It was more attractive every year. I saw it beginning to wilt in August and there was no remedy. Perhaps it will return next spring, if only from a small area of the trunk. I managed to get some seedlings to germinate, not knowing at the time they might be my last chance to continue with this plant. I am VERY happy seeing the 2″ high Sages plumping up.

    The pathway in your photo is so inviting. Visitors must proceed with baby steps as they oggle the delights, left and right. Very inspirational.

    • Thanks!

      No, that’s white sage, which is not hardy here.

      I find that Salvia officinalis doesn’t last forever. After some time it starts to suffer and very little of the plant comes back with much vigour. At this point I usually dig it up and plant a new seedling.

  2. My garden happiness was coming home tonight and finding my the pineapple sage I thought was lost and dead, right in front of my face. I’d mistaken the unblooming plant for something else.

  3. That is definitely true, I don’t know what I would do without my plants! The world would be a gloomier place.
    This is the first time I have ever made a comment on your blog but I have been following it a year or more, I enjoy every new post!
    Greetings from Stockholm

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