I’m not sure if this year is better than prior years, but there does sure seem to be a lot of thyme out. Thyme grows on its own in many people’s yards, especially mine. It seems to grow best where the grass grows the least or is sort of dry. It smells great and its flowers are a beautiful purple. I also never noticed just how many bees (and others) are busy gathering its nectar. Plenty of bumble bees, honey bees and others I couldn’t identify. I haven’t been able to mow the lawn this week, which has enabled the thyme to grow flowers. I bet those bees wouldn’t mind if I took more weeks off from mowing.


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association