I want to share something with you. Bring your face close to the monitor and take a deep breath. Do you smell it? Try another breath.
It's peppermint. The mint family is one of the few plants that can survive my neglect. (My name is JAS and I have a black thumb.) But the true reason I grow mint is because I love the scent.
Mints come in all sorts of flavors. Peppermint is the most pungent. This is some spearmint growing in my garden. Spearmint is a nice addition to a tall glass of ice tea in the summer time.
Apple mint has fuzzy leaves and a very mild apple scent.
The first mint planted at Iron Acres was pineapple mint. This mint is a cultivar from the apple mint variety and boasts variegated leaves and a very mild, fruity scent.
All the mints have boundary issues, they are best planted in containers that inhibit their runners from taking over your garden.
Mint is wonderful after a rain. It is one of the things that makes me smile.
Another thing that makes me smile is thinking of our little girl Sprittle, Bee, who always asks if I have any "minty" in my purse. "Minty" is her word for breath fresheners, and Bee loves them.
Can you guess which grandmother has bought stock in Tic Tacs?