I’m taking a breather this week, still recovering from my birthday bash. Greg took me shopping. He said I could buy whatever I wanted. I’m sure he expected me to ask for jewelry–or maybe even a new dog.
Nope. Well…the dog was close, but Nana said she was the only dog for me so that’s that. She intends to keep me all to herself. To keep peace in the family, I opted for buying some new plants. Nothing makes me happier than browsing through a nursery. Aren’t I lucky to be born in the spring? 🙂
This year Greg wants to plant a small herb garden by his shop. I’ve got two huge rosemary bushes that could donate some cuttings. Basil is easy to grow, and lavender is always pretty (and smells soooo good). We bought some basil, Italian oregano (of course, Italian!), dill weed, spearmint for the chickens, fern leaf lavender (new to me), and lemon thyme.
My plan is to start several small plots to grow herbs year round. Some are tender so I’ll probably replant them yearly rather than bring them inside, but a lot of herbs survive and thrive in Texas weather. This will be my first real year to find out.
My buddy, Stacy McKitrick mentioned in a comment about dipping artichoke leaves and the whole idea left my mouth watering. I’ve only ever tasted marinated artichokes. It’s about time I tried artichokes a la naturale. This year, I am going to try and grow artichokes. I don’t know if they’ll make it through the Texas heat but I’ll do my best to keep them alive.
To top off my birthday, a dear friend sent me something from my Amazon wish list. They were saffron flower bulbs. You know saffron. That wildly expensive spice. They come from a tiny blue flower. I’ve been researching it lately and it’s been a steep learning curve. Who knew there were so many facets to saffron?
I’ll have to write a post about it. but first let’s see if I can get it to grow for me.
Meanwhile, let me leave you with this neat YouTube video of gardening tips.
10 Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know
There are some great tips in this gardening video. I didn’t know about the aspirin hack.
Are you gardening this year? My mom (who lives in Chicago) says it’s still too cold by her, but it won’t be long. We suffer more from hail storms this time of year. We had one Sunday night, but somehow it missed us completely. One of my friends lost all her spring flowers–and she just planted them that morning. Every gardener knows we take our chances in the spring.
Have you ever lost your garden to a freak storm? Do you grow herbs? I’ve grown the odd herb here and there, but this year I’d like to make a real effort.
PS I had a fabulous birthday. Bought some plants and played in the garden for a few hours. That night we had the most amazing dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Pappasito’s. I even had a margarita. It was delicious, but half a glass and I was already tipsy. Had to let Greg finish it off. A great day all around.