Lamb’s Ear Gets Around

 

Lamb's ear growing out of compacted dirt at the base of a kiwi vine.

Lamb’s ear growing out of compacted dirt at the base of a kiwi vine.

We planted lamb’s ear in the garden about six years ago. Since then it has come up in unexpected places. But we have plenty of space, so when it comes up somewhere that we don’t want it, we dig it up and put it somewhere else. If you get stung or bit while working in the garden by an ant or spider or other lurking tiny thing, you can take a leaf of lamb’s ear and rub it on the spot for a little relief. Lamb’s ear has numerous medicinal uses and also a unique color and texture that makes it a stand out in the garden. Another perennial herb, it’s a very cheap date. There’s really no maintenance. It grows well with water, without much water, whatever, and it is a welcome bit of green in a winter and early spring garden.

The spot where we originally planted the lamb's ear six years ago.

The spot where we originally planted the lamb’s ear six years ago.

No Such Thing as Quiet

Bearded iris leaves, lambs ear and thyme have been thriving beneath a layer of leaves.

Bearded iris leaves, lambs ear and thyme have been thriving beneath a layer of leaves.

Today I spent a couple hours raking up leaves that I had left spread out over my kitchen garden for the winter. The area is partly sunny but mostly shady in the summer time.  There was bright green ground cover underneath all those dry brown leaves, and lambs ear too, and bearded iris leaves emerging from the ground. I have a little rake that I use to clear my garden where I know I have delicate plants growing. Mr. Mims planted some Jacob’s Ladder in the same area,  and I picked carefully around the area where I have a little ring of stones to mark the spot. It was a nice surprise to see the plant emerge again, and the pretty purple flowers getting ready to bloom.

When I shot this video there was wind, and crows calling, and an airplane flying overhead that sounds a little like a Jimi Hendrix slide accompanying the nearby wind chimes while the flowers do their dance…