Ever thought top surgery drains would be the last JP drains you ever saw?
Yeah, not for me haha. If you have been following my phalloplasty journey or are aware of my complication, then you know we performed the gracilis muscle flap in order to close a sinus tract that was an ongoing fistula since the day of surgery.
But its like fuck, we need to talk about all of these things, the good and the bad. Nothing easy comes without sacrifice. But I can’t say I would have signed up to sacrifice the entire last 2 years of my life. We can’t choose our lives but we can choose how we react to situations put ahead of us.
Instagram saw it first, but they deleted it within less than 10 minutes.
Scotland is known for its humid climate and its extensive and capillary waterways so it’s fairly common to find a good variety of mint species here, as most will thrive near water and in moist soil. However, when looking at this hybrid growing in the herb garden at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, I wasn’t aware of how its history is even more linked to this country than I thought. Generally known as Scotch spearmint or gingermint, it is a naturally occurring hybrid of field mint (M. arvensis) and spearmint (M. spicata), and with its globular whorls of small flowers borne at the base of the leaves it looks more like the former, while the latter is recognisable for the elongated terminal flower spikes. Almost forty years ago it was introduced from Scotland to North America, where extensive cultivation for its essential oil began, and this is the reason why it is still known as Scotch spearmint. Considering Scotland is quite a small country with a low population, Scottish botanists, nurserymen and plant breeders have contributed much more than you might think to horticulture through history, so stories like this one don’t surprise me anymore and just make me smile.
As this hybrid is sterile it is only propagated vegetatively through division and cuttings. Obviously, what you see in photo is a variegated form of the actual species, but I couldn’t find any information on when or where the variegation was selected. In essence, It is decorative, edible, medicinal, good at attracting pollinators and as a companion plant which deters common veg garden pests like mice. It can be grown both in full ground or in containers (it might be a good idea if you don’t have much space in the garden, mints tend to spread aggressively) so definitely a good catch if you see it around!
no filters were used at the making of these images! it actually started happening last fall, and now only a little green remain on the echinopsis cacti…but there is no sign of rot, the last time i watered them was september 2016, so i guess they are okay. we’ll see!