September 12, 2009


The herb marjoram has a richly colored flower, a deep purple that shows late in the season before the flower head turns to seed. Marjoram self seeds everywhere around the house: in the unmowed fields, in the lawn, in the vegetable garden. I let it naturalize in a few areas because I like having the flowers; they make beautiful dried flowers that keep their color for a very long time. I gather branches of the herb, strip off most of the leaves, and hang them in bunches upside down in the mud room, alongside the drying garlic.

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