Saturday, August 14, 2010

Super Granny leaves a surprise in the garden and tells me to snap out of it.

While I was lying around feeling sorry for myself and frowning in the toasty weather, I wiggled my toes and wished that iced tea would appear. There was this odd bonk noise outside, so I investigated.


WOW!


Yes ma'am.

Sweet Leaf tea is tasty.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

outdoor herbs and other happy green things

So, remember how excited I was about my indoor Swiss Chard? I was like, "oh yeah, I'm super green girl, watch me, I rule".

Yeah, well, epic fail there. I still haven't figured out if I watered it too much or too little.

However....

Things outside are doing quite well! There were some rough moments where I thought the basil was going to bail out on me, but everything has survived the summer so far (hopefully I didn't just jinx myself).

I decided to use an old ammo box as an herb planter, and I think it's working out marvelously. AND it's pretty cool-looking.


I have lemon balm:


Rosemary:


Sweet Basil:


and Peppermint:


Justin has a hops plant that is happily winding around some lattice:


My Globemallow plant came back from last year too, and has occasionally boasted a few pink blossoms:


Unfortunately, the lavender is mostly done for the season. I don't know if that's normal, or if that's the Leah Lavender Special Variety. I was just so happy that it came back after I planted it last year. The previous year's batch opted out of the program.

The yarrow tried to take over the front yard (as usual), but I reined it in fairly well, I think. Now it's mostly brown.


The Russian Sage is flowering like crazy (also as usual), and smells great.


I like our front yard. It's very welcoming, it smells great, and I am really happy with the (albeit small) attempt at gardening.