Today I picked leaves of garden mint to dry on my drying net. I never pick the growing tips or entire stems, but only the leaves one by one along the length of the stem and then later in the season the secondary growth. This will allow each main stem to come into full flower while you can use heaps more! The clump of mint will be much happier as a result and you and the multitude of insects will enjoy the flowers.
Despite the common fear that mint will take over, I belief one can never have enough mint. Then again, I have to admit that in mid flowering I would still few fresh flowers for the teapot..
Thank goodness for mint. Ps: In my current garden I have already 5 varieties!!!!