S - Such a Spectacular Selection for Earth Day 2021!
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. I wasn't aware of it then, being 13, living out of the country and being more concerned with 13 year old concerns. I do remember taking my two youngest to a big event at what was then the Concord Pavilion.
Sage and Salvia
Salvia is sage, and sage is salvia, but we usually refer to the kind we eat as "sage," and the ornamental as "salvia." Some are cold hardy, others are tender perennials or even annuals.
This is garden sage, the kind we eat. If I was only interested in using it in cooking I'd cut off the flowers before they bloomed. But, I grow it for the bees too. There's plenty for me once the flowers fade. Some people say it tastes better before flowering, but I never notice.
Just that, pretty annuals that kids love to pinch to make the dragon snap!
A really pretty perennial I have growing in both my front yard and in the herb garden. They don't like too much wet, which is why I moved one to the herb garden. They spread, but slowly.
Succulents, Sedums, Stonecrops
String of Pearls - a houseplant that I had never seen bloom before this past year.
What most people call "Christmas Cactus," and what are often sold in stores as "Christmas Cactus," are in fact Thanksgiving cactus. They are two different plants, which are easily identified by the shape of the leaves. See the toothed, sharp, leaves on mine? Thanksgiving. Christmas cactus leaves are rounded. There's an Easter cactus too, but the flowers aren't the same, so they aren't usually mistaken for the other holiday cactus.
These next three are hardy outdoor succulents. I used to think succulents were tender, but some withstand very cold temperatures.
The bees swarm to this one! It's a bit invasive for me.
Star of Bethlehem
An incredibly beautiful flower that grows from bulbs. I hate it. It's invasive and almost impossible to get rid of.
The common summer blooming annual is a must for me! This is a traditional tall yellow one, but they also can be shorter, branched, red, brown, or fuzzy looking.
Such a lovely aroma! Remember though, sweet peas are NOT to eat, they are toxic! The plants, leaves, stems, etc. look nothing like edible peas, so it should be easy to tell them apart.
Next up, the flowers of T.