And now the heat of summer is adding even more stress. I've been worried that I might lose the feverfew and peppermint plants. I've repotted them both, cut them back, and am hoping for the best. The catnip is struggling, and insects have feasted on its leaves. I've repotted the pineapple mint too, hoping that it would perk up a bit. They were so sad-looking, and they didn't want their pictures taken.
A lot of the plants are going to seed too. This pot holds what I affectionately call the twin towers of basil; the leaves are insect-bitten and yellow-green, and right after I took this photo I pinched the flower buds off the tip of both plants.
...and so does the lemon balm.
Someday I want a lemon garden where I'll grow lemon balm, lemon basil, lemon cucumbers and so on. I'd also plant some flowers with "lemon" in their names like lemon zinnia. Can you imagine how pretty it would be and how good it would smell?
The thyme looks great though. It's in a more protected place; it doesn't have as much exposure to rain. Perhaps thyme likes more water, too.
Above the pot of thyme are 3 small pots with oregano, a struggling lemon balm plant on the right that the dogs knocked over, and the one surviving chive plant that I started from seed this spring. You can see that the dogs liked this pot too; they've knocked it over, pulled it down and chewed on the plastic. Only one of the three chive plants is still alive.
The calendula and marigold flowers are cheerful in the midst of green.
There are two pots that contain chocolate mint, one with peppermint, a pineapple mint, two lemon balm, and the sorry-looking catnip. Do you see a theme? I really like mint.
At this time of year, the hottest part of the summer, the plants are sort of hibernating, waiting until the cooler fall temperatures when they'll be more comfortable. Actually, that's what I'm doing too!
The Herb Garden, Year Two
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