Surprisingly, after only a mere couple weeks of warm weather, parts of my garden needed a good sheering off. Like sheep at the end of winter. My resident Sage plant below was totally over-crowding my newly planted Tomatillos and due to the instant 30C heat in our neck of the woods, promptly started flowering…something it usually saves itself for in July.
So I took a few of the flowers and put them in a vase in the living room – the leaves give off that nice ‘sage-y’ smell and they really do look good as a cut flower arrangement. I think I will let it go to flower again just for the grogeous little purple blooms, which resemble little snapdragon flowers.
My Cilantro (above) has already ‘bolted’. This being a term used in gardening to denote that the plant is done generating wide-surface leaves and it is now warm/hot enough for it to start sending out flowers for seed production. Cilantro is famous for it. I was so frustrated last year with the one plant I had that mid-way through the season I dug it up and pitched it and bought a new, young plant, only to have the same thing happen by mid-August.
This year I think I am on my way to outsmarting the Cilantro. I have 3 pots at various stages of growth now. Every 2 weeks, I have been planting a new batch of seeds. So by the time the oldest plant starts to bolt, the next one in line is perfect for salsas….and so forth…HA! Take that Cilantro! I think you have met your match in the garden this year…
My Leaf Lettuce (red and green) is almost ready to pick for ‘baby greens’ in a salad and I also planted some ‘Spicy Leaf Mix’ (below) that I trimmed a bowl full yesterday for salad last night with pizza for dinner. Dee-lish and nothing like fresh-picked from the garden salad.
Not to be outdone, my garlic (below) is standing tall and guarding the garden space against Vampires…that is if there were any around… I haven’t seen any, so I guess they are doing their job. I will have to wait until later in the summer though for garlic harvesting, it is way too early at the moment.
I will also be cutting and drying my lavender soon. I fill little sachet pouches with them and place them in my dresser drawers so that every time you open a drawer, you get a lovely whiff of lavender.