Back in January, I photographed some of my Thyme plants in their Winter state - barely surviving in the very severe weather. Now after the passage of a fair bit of time (nearly 5 months), and as we are now officially into Summer, I want to show you how these plants have recovered.
Here are two views of the same plant. Firstly on 13th January. Dessicated. Grey. Tough.
And then again on 30th May. Soft. Green. Blossoming.
This is a plant that I keep for ornamental purposes, rather than for culinary. It normally lives in a pot on the patio, surrounded by the Lavenders
For culinary purposes I also have a few Thyme plants along the side of my raised beds, near the fruit. In January, these looked very sorry for themselves, clearly unhappy in the cold wet soil, and cluttered up with dead leaves.
These plants too have recovered well, and their mass of flowers is currently doing its bit to attract pollinating bees.
The tiny flowers are individually insignificant,
But spectacular en masse.
Of course, whilst Thyme is undoubtedly decorative, for me it remains primarily a cooking ingredient!