I finally got to step out into my garden, with something other than weeds on my mind. These last few weeks have been nearly unmanageable, and I only stoop to pick the creepy weeds when I go out to get mail, trash cans, or neighbors' ears. Yeah, well.
The Asian basil in my backyard has yielded beautiful purple/pink blooms and tops, which I guess I didn't expect. You may recall my friend Leanne gave me her plant when she was moving away. I put it in the patio pot for safe keeping, and the 4" pot turned into a 2-foot bush! Here's what happened to the it:
Big. Real big. Like Texas hair. But you know what? We don't eat a lot of fresh basil, and it really looks pretty. (We don't eat Texas hair, either, and it looks pretty, too.) So I'm happy. I did trim it a little earlier in the summer, but the flowers look better since we don't eat it. Smells great, too.
Here are the pinky flowers growing on it. Under many of the leaves are baby pink blossoms ready to bloom:
These are oh, so cute, and I am enchanted by them. I can't wait till they're all blooming, if that happens.
Still haven't found a recipe calling for Asian basil, but I used some like regular basil, in a salad, and it was okay. It's just not my favorite flavor.
Next year's patio plants could include oregano to go with the rosemary. (Recall that the oregano seeds were terminated by Peter Cottontail earlier in the season.) I may even get a strawberry pot.