One of the best things about being a garden writer is meeting all the great gardeners and exchanging information and occasionally plants. Last May at the annual Backyard Gardener's Plant Swap in North Park, a man who read my stories about a trip to Italy brought me this. He called it Italian oregano and in broken English explained that the plant grows wild along roadsides in its home country.
I wasn't sure what it was, but knew it was something I should keep. When it started to flower I looked at it closer, pinching the tiny leaves releasing its aromatic fragrance. Now that it's been resurrected, I must save the seeds for season to come.
In an upcoming post, I'll detail how to save seeds from a plant like this and others.