No, not wise or smart flowers.. but actual flowers on the herb Sage.
Last year we had a nice patch of Sage in our garden. Over winter it, of course, lost all the remaining leaves that we didn’t pick last fall. Come spring it looked dead. Grey and brown woody stems. We almost pulled it from the ground but for some reason I left it alone. Sure enough a month later a few leaves started coming out from the base of the plant.
Within a month all the “dead” stems came back to life with leaves. Then, just a few weeks ago, it started to send up flowers. Normally you can pinch these off to help force more leaves but since we like to also save seeds for future growing we’re quite happy to see it flowering.
At first the flower buds appeared and while it was obvious they would become flowers there was nothing particularly colorful about them initially.
Soon the purplish blue color started to peak out and eventually the flowers fully bloomed.
They are not large as this small fly sitting on one can illustrate. The fly itself is about half the size of a common housefly. Reading in garden forums and seems hit or miss for people to have these plants survive over the winter. I suspect the deep almost six inch mulch layer I have in this garden bed may have helped insulate the roots and helped the plant come back this year. Our winter was one of the coldest on record so I’m even more excited that it survived.
The leaves are quite delicious mixed into various recipes that call for sage. Fall squash crops, like butternut, pair well with the sage.
Medicinally sage is also useful. As listed on WebMD :
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Women use sage for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause.
Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages.