- Thyme fills in between the pink limestone paths that weave throughout the garden. I plan to do a post on the pathways and how Ted and I “mined” the local stone. Plants that carpet the ground are my favorites. And thymes not only carpet but add amazing scent. But, this post is about lettuce. Years ago I started lettuce inside and every year I let at least 2 plants of 5 varieties set seed. In the spring, while I can still identify the lettuce I tag the plants I plan to let go to seed. After the lettuces go to seed they get to look alike. Every spring I have a huge volunteer crop of lettuce. They are healthier and stronger than any I start from seed indoors. We get two oak leaf varieties, a red and a green. We get rouge d’hiver, which is a red lettuce, a small romaine,I think it was Little Jim and a butter crunch type of lettuce. Perhaps this year I will take some different varieties and sow them about the time my faithful and true volunteers are sprouting. The thyme in this picture is Lavender Creeping Thyme. (thymus preacox skorpilii) I purchased it many springs ago in Colorado. I have divided and planted this thyme throughout the garden. It loves it here.
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