Lemon Balm Expressing

by Moira on October 13, 2009

lemon-balm-expressingWhen I was at the Farmer’s Market early in the summer buying basil, tarragon, oregano, parsley and thyme in 2″ pots for my herb garden, I also purchased what was being touted as a “mosquito buster” container.  It had citronella, basil, peppermint and lemon balms – all scents that repel mosquitos supposedly.  I can’t say that it worked all that well, but I enjoyed the scents of the various herbs as I sat at the table on the deck.

Friday night,  I brought this pot and a pot of mint in ahead of the hard freeze, and noticed this little tendril of lemon balm escaping from a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.

It tickles me to see this sprig finding anyway it can to grow towared the light, to grow with such determination toward that which will nourish it.  It reminds of the lines from The Summer Day by Mary Oliver:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

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