I never have enough time these days, but now thanks to my job, I have plenty of thyme!
Specifically lemon and English thyme, which I added to my French and big leaf thyme.
Soon they’ll be trying to take over the herb bed too. The other herbs I put in are doing well thanks to the wacko May downpour we’ve suddenly got.
More on that later.
The purple peas are vigorously trying to scale my neighbor’s fence, and they’re putting out gorgeous flowers.
Nice. Snap peas here I come.
In other flowering news- my biggest sunflower has gotten gigantic.
No closer to making a flower head- though it’s neighbor’s the zucchini’s look nice and bushy. And wet. Squash is prone to molds and mildews on the leaves- but if it’s going to keep raining I’m not sure what I can do to stop it.
The cucumbers are soaking it up though. They are obediently growing vertically and soon I can train them up the tripod.
I got more herbs then thyme however- a lemon verbena, a really fancy cilantro, and a lonely apple mint that I’ve seen languishing on the herb table at work for longer than I’ve actually been working there- getting bigger and bigger while nobody bought it.
I’ll buy you you beautiful gigantic apple mint.
But first I had to plant my lemon verbena. That meant getting rid of my sorrel.
Look- I like sorrel, but it’s toxic in large quantities and it was refusing to play nice in its pot- to the point where it was growing its roots through its drainage holes trying to take over the garden yet again. There’s a reason I call all my sorrels Audrey II.
So I put my Verbena in my newly empty rainy grey pot.
Lemon verbena is actually a small shrub or tree. Or it will be. That’s why I put it in a larger pot. It’s deciduous like an oak tree- and will be bare twigs in winter- but it will come back into lemon scented magnificence in spring.
I had more planting to do… but…
Sudden rain attack.
Come on San Francisco it’s May! And I planted your namesake! Give me a break!
I had to wait a bit to plant the rest.
Mister big mint had to go into a plastic pot that once held my blackberry- as I’ve run out of proper pots. Oh well my employee discount will be doing some work in June I suspect. Mister fancy cilantro went into the old pennyroyal pot. the reason my pennyroyal pot was empty was that it had become majorly pot-bound.
Oof. I saved it and put in in my next biggest pot- but it will soon need another repotting. Again… I have some shopping to do.
You may have noticed that I cut the apple mint down to size- And he wasn’t the only one.
My red-stemmed peppermint that I grew from a cutting has gotten gigantic- so I cut him down to size too. And then took the cuttings and put them into pots!
I’m just going to be drowning in mint soon and I’m loving every second of it.
I’m going to have to throw a meet-up in a month to give away plants. That’s a great problem to have.
I’ll leave you all with the poppy the birds sowed this year- blooming away with a bee in one of its flowers.
Wait I lied- I’ll leave you with the most beautiful image a gardener can have in May.
Hell yeah baby tomato!
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Hey, just following along and really enjoying watching your garden grow as we very, very slowly head into another weird winter
Don’t enjoy your thyme too much. Thyme gets white flies when you’re having fun. . . . or something like that.