My herbals needed some beefing up, basil and chives are coming along and thyme has held over through winter and taken a new lease on life, cilantro sort of working. However, oregano and flat leaf parsley were absent and the spearmint died when the watering system was turned off! You know how mint loves water, in Aussie my Mum always had a thriving patch by the tap to the tank stand, our main fresh water supply and it grew lush and fragrant.
I went by Home Depot after the gym today and their herbs were half price a great time to buy so I replenished my supply. I much prefer to use fresh herbs in food prep, the flavor is so much better than dried herbs and the fragrance is divine!
Here is where I keep several herbs, in the pot with the little Mexican lime tree.
Mint and parsley are in a hanging basket, they are always in shade.
My fresh greens are enjoying the Spring, kale that has held over from Fall and also arugula, and I think the cress is coming back too.
The herb I probably use most often is rosemary which grows like a weed in Phoenix, I have a small bush that gets clipped regularly to prevent it from taking over the entire yard!
Something else that came back from almost nothing, a hydrangea with a delicate flower head not the kind traditionally seen on hydrangeas. The other two, a pink and a blue hydrangea did not revive from winter in spite of being sheltered on the patio.
I was afraid they might be gone for good, but they are now showing a few tiny leaves at the base and one even has a single bud forming though it looks pretty sad doesn't it?
It was too warm for any further labors so the rest of the clean up will wait till tomorrow.