A good many of the plants are perrenials, some ones that I've had for years (eight years on the longest) though many of them, this year, are brand new to the family. I'm hoping they'll last the coming Winter.
So, come along on a little tour of my and my family's garden.
One of the interesting things about Spearmint, I think, is that it reproduces adventitiously. That means it produces underground runners that quickly become another plant or ten. This means that one small plant can easily take over your garden in just one season, making it an excellent container plant.
I must admit, that I often step outside just to run my hands through its leaves, releasing the oils. The smell is amazing, comforting and invigorating at the same. Harvesting this plant will a joy, as I have so many crafts planned with it.
There are two pots: one an heirloom plant, the other a cherry tomato plant. The heirloom has a couple of tomatoes slowly getting larger while the cherry is covered in little green beauties. Soon, soon.
Each night, if I leave this Pepper outside, he comes and digs in this pot, not stopping until roots are exposed and torn up. And he even chewed off a small pepper ...but didn't eat it.
I have dubbed him the "Cheeky Bastard" and am looking for humane ways to relocate or detur him. Do, please, send suggestions if you have any: my Pepper would most appreaciate it.
Anyway, said bucket is home to my Geranium, given to me by my mother (which is how I seem to only ever aquire Geraniums...) Nestled in with it is a Marguerite Sweet Potato vine, which, while not producing sweet potatoes (rats!) has beautiful light green leaves and it is slowly climbing it's way up the deck railing. In time, I am hoping that little vine will create a wall of green there.
On Summer Solstice, the children and I planted another large rectangular pot with Spinache seeds. That should leave us with a nice harvest this Autumn. I can't wait until the Spinache begins to grow, I'm already dreaming of salads and sandwiches.
Moving on, there is a large pot of wild flowers the children dug up in the backyard and a large vine that put itself in the pot. I believe it's a member of the Bindweed family, perhaps a mutated variety; there are quite a few mutated varieties of common plants in this area, my favorite being the wild Chammomile that blossoms without petals.
There are two small eggplants next, the "Wonder Egg" variety (yes, the novelty ones that were marketed heavily at drugstores during the Spring.) Their about six inches tall and no where near ready to blossom yet. I had a few more pots of these, but I gifted them away. I love being able to give plants away. By the way, if you're in the area and would love an Aloe...
I am hoping this plant gets much larger, I want it to become one of those plants we will have to navigate around when trying to get in and out of the house. Of course, my husband is not of a like-mind in this matter...
The last of the three is also filled with herbs. On the left is Marjoram, which will have its first harvest soon. I've been pinching blossoms for about a week and a half now, so it definitely is time.
In the center is Parsley, which is filling out wonderfully, teasing me as it isn't quite ready to harvest any more than the random fresh sprig.
On the right, is Lemon Basil. This is my first encounter with this variety, as I've only ever grown regular Basil. But, I am loving the flavor change with this Basil, though it is much smaller.
There are a few other plants, as well, that I didn't show, not to mention some decorative items, such as our large I-Ching coin stepping stones.
I hope you enjoyed this random little walk through my garden.