Simple, Beautiful Clary Sage

sageWhen friends drop by in summer, they always stop at the gate to see the clary sage that graces the border of the herb garden. Its impressive, heart-shaped, velvety leaves fan out as big as a hand and are pungently fragrant. By August, tiny blossoms and showy pastel bracts nod on tall, square stems, attracting bees and even an occasional hummingbird.

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Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate

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Not long ago, a friend stopped by bearing gifts of flowers and herbs — lavender and rosemary tied in bundles, marguerite daisies and bunches of four o’clocks that she’d picked along the way to my house. But the flower that captivated me was a sweet, rose-colored thing, an unusual blossom called kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate.

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