03 May 2012

Think Globally, Bloom Locally

The local food movement has gained a lot of steam in recent years -- I know I'm eager to start growing our own vegetables once that part of the backyard is set up -- but what about a local flower movement? Although floral volume is significantly less than food volume, the principle holds that it's more environmentally sensible to grow flowers locally than truck them in from out-of-town or out-of-state or even to fly them in from, say, South America. (How much energy it takes to get resources to where they will be used is known as "embodied energy.") That's why I love being able to just walk a few steps out back and cut some flowers from the garden (well, that and seeing things that I grew looking pretty in a vase).

Which is how this happened:

I had noticed that our lamb's ear had grown some freakishly tall spikes...

...so I clipped some of them, grabbed some stalks from one of our lavender plants (the Goodwin Creek variety, which is growing really well, even with hardly any water over the last month), and voila!

Side note -- the lamb's ears started out like this last October:

Six weeks later, I didn't think they could grow any bigger:

Now I know they can't:

(Unless, of course, they do.)

1 comment:

  1. Poor bunny looks like he's about to be swallowed up!