Every year I plant a little box of fresh herbs. The deck gets plenty of sunshine and is not accessible to the animals who love to eat the plants. I love clipping the fresh herbs for seasoning and garnishing the fresh summer vegetables.
A few weeks ago, something shot up from the box and grew like crazy. At first I thought I must have a weed but decided to let the plant keep growing.
It topped the deck rail by more than a foot.
Several blossoms on the stalk.
When I followed the stem to its origin, I was surprised to find that it was an offshoot of the flat-leaf parsley! I've grown herbs for years and have never seen parsley bloom.
Here is the parsley plant from which the blossoms began.
Three things about autumn trouble me: 1) the summer tomatoes and corn are gone; 2) the fresh herbs cannot tolerate the cooler nights and give up; and 3) the hours of daylight are dwindling. I can purchase greenhouse tomatoes but they don't taste the same. I can purchase high quality frozen summer veggies but it is not the same as selecting them from the market and cooking them fresh. I can buy fresh herbs but it's not the same as clipping my own. Alas, I am totally powerless with regards to the dwindling daylight. I will burn lots of candles and start the fire often. I will wait until the winter solstice and count the increasing milliseconds of daylight. I can be happy that we now live in sunny North Carolina instead of gray Wisconsin for the winter. And I will enjoy the wonder of the changing season and be thankful that we are safe.