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July 10th, 2014

I’m lucky that there are tons of lovely gardens nearby to visit.  This is perfect for me since I’m trying to build a good database of photos of a wide variety plants.  I sell photos to magazines and often get requests for specific cultivars.  Earlier this week I stopped at the Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine and took a few photos.  I’ll post more photos from the gardens later this week, but I was drawn to this verbascum.
verbascum 1
verbascum 2
Unfortunately, the tag wasn’t very readable so I will need to do some sleuthing to figure out the name of this specific variety.
verbascum 3
It’s quite a lovely plant, no doubt something that I can find seed for when I figure out what it’s called. I love tall plants like this, they can add such drama to a border. No doubt since it’s a mullein family plant it is healthy for the garden. Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition explains that mullein has a spike root that pulls minerals deep from within the soil. I’m always looking for plants that are both beautiful and beneficial.

Have you seen a must have plant recently?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.