I have never seen this leafy herb(?) before… or at least I never took notice of it. Best I could tell, it may possibly be russian sage, a popular ornamental that is not in fact a close relation to the most common sage you and I might associate it with. If it is Russian sage, it can be used as a flavoring herb as well… but I haven’t seen it used in anything else either… websites seem to focus more on its flowers than on the leaves… At any rate, if you know more about these greens than I do (obviously I don’t know much), please leave a comment… thanks!
Meanwhile, a quick note on the dying out of handwritten notes… It’s sad, but with the popularity of emails, texts, tweets, etc., the rather graceful, proper and civilized way of acknowledging thanks or conveying a piece of information or gift with an accompanying note is fast becoming an anachronism. We have been trying to teach the teen to do this effortlessly, but I guess for her generation this would be like my parents asking me to write with a quill and some ink… I was never a great note writer, but I do recognize why it is an important skill to have mastered… I guess I am getting older, and “old-fashioned”, but few modern means of communication beat a thoughtful and well written note. :) Oh, and for the young job seekers amongst you, I used to interview hundreds of MBA’s from “ivy league” colleges seeking jobs in management consulting and corporate finance, and the folks that had good credentials, good interviews, and on occasion, that well written thank you note — almost always made it into the next round of interviews. So it isn’t JUST an air-headed skill for the “sosyal” set… add it to your arsenal of business skills, and you may be surprised yet.