At least fifteen years ago I planted a packet of Roman Chamomile seeds in my herb garden. The seeds sprouted and I have had Chamomile ever since. The herb garden has been moved many times. The chamomile has been transplanted many times. Still I have patches of this herb.
It re-seeds every year. I think it is beautiful. Often it is growing in spots I do not want Chamomile, garden paths or tomato gardens. Yet it is so lovely I leave it as long as I am able before I must dig it up. I will cut bouquets for the house and dry a bundle or two. We do not drink very much Chamomile tea so I do not need to dry very much. The flowers do not dry very well so I am not likely to use them for decorating. When the last of the reseeded plants must go I make a garden tea.
I do this in a large green glass beverage decanter. I make sun tea. This tea is for when plants need some extra nourishment or are stressed by bugs. I can spray the leaves or dilute in my watering can and give a drink. I think it helps. It makes me feel good!
Often at the end of the day there is coffee left over in our carafe. We just did not drink it all. Instead of pouring it down the drain I add filtered water to it and give a plant a drink. Lots of what is in the gardens like acid soil. The evergreens and the blueberries and the gardenias love the diluted coffee. I also do a coffee grind mulch to those acid lovers.
We put in a new bed this spring for 33 Heathers. Next year I hope to do another 30x4 foot bed and another 33 Heathers. Eventually creating a ribbon of Heaths and Heathers through the front yard. These are hardy in my zone. The grower was so helpful in educating me about how to grow Heathers. www.heathsandheathers.com
This one blooms white in the spring and come winter will remain this dark green. Should be pretty. The first year is the critical year to get them established. They need to stay somewhat moist. They have received the coffee and coffee grinds since they came. Today they received their leaf mulch. It will take five years for them to reach their mature height. Hopefully they will grow together and be drifts.
Time to start giving the gardenias a drink and the blueberries are setting berries, they need coffee grinds. I just might have to take a trip to the coffee shop and get some grinds!