Friday, June 8, 2012

My Herbs Jumped

In the interest of keeping on with my gardening theme, I must tell you about my herbs. I started out this winter with seeds for oregano and basil. The basil sprouted. It grew, a bit. By April I caved and bought a planter of assorted herbs from the garden center. Herbs like to be crowded in their container, so with delight I watched the mint start to vine and thyme lengthen. The herbs did so well and I'm so happy that we're finally settled in one place that I realized this was the time to put the herbs into perhaps my favorite planter. I bought the lime green and azure blue ceramic pot in Vietri Sul Mare, on the Amalfi coast, when we were stationed in Italy. Sounds so glamourous but at the time it was the equivalent of taking a forty-five minute drive to K-Mart or IKEA. Except it was to the rugged Italian coastline where shop after shop of hand-painted ceramics delighted any eye, but especially my artist's eye. Surely the weight of the planter with all the new, organic, hand-packed dirt and herbs was enough to keep it on our patio table. Well out of reach of the nefarious activities of George, my local groundhog (or Molly the mole or Randy the rabbit). Until... A huge gust of wind not unlike a mini-cyclone swept across the plain of our yard (.20 acres) and SMASH the herbs fell to a fate worse than any barrel-rider at Niagara Falls. My husband, the master-gluer-of-all-things remarked "I looked at that pot, Geri, and there's no way I can glue it. It's done." My primary concern was the herbs. I frantically searched for something, anything to put them in so their roots wouldn't be exposed to the storm and I wouldn't lose my dream of mint iced tea this summer. All I could find were two smaller pots, also treasures from Europe. I'd bought them in Poland. Yes, my name is Geri and I am a ceramic addict. Surgery was imperative. I had to divide the herb family into two and tuck them away into their new homes. I've been away on business this week and while my mind has been occupied with all that is the writing business, I hear my mind whispering "will the herbs still be there when I get home?" Stay tuned.

9 comments:

mary sullivan said...

Oh, no, Geri, how sad that you lost a pot you loved! I hope the herbs survived.I started two pots of oregano this year and some little critter dug through the soil and killed them! I'm hoping that nothing will kill my tomato and pepper plants. Two years ago, something stole all my Purple Cherokee tomatoes before I had a chance to try one! I was so disappointed.

Ellen Hartman said...

When I was moving from the west coast to the east, I had a yard sale. One of the things I really wanted someone to take was my plants. I wanted them to have a good home.

A nice lady came along and was looking at them so I gave her a dirt cheap deal if she took all of them. (There weren't many...maybe 4.) She agreed and I was so happy that they were going to be kept alive.

Later that day, I was out walking my dog and I came across my plants smashed and tumbled in the gutter. She'd only wanted the pots and as soon as she was out of sight of my apartment, she'd dumped the plants.

I was so sad. This is 20 years ago and I still remember it. And I don't even really like plants. :-)

Sorry about your pot. I hope your herbs make it!

Pamela Hearon said...

Sad face over the loss of your favorite pot:-( I have a small herb garden, but I don't dare allow mint around. It takes over the whole place. You're smart to keep it containerized. I have to do the same. I grow thyme, basil, rosemary, dill, cilantro, Italian parsley, and sage. I love having fresh herbs to cook with. they just add that special taste you can't get with the dried ones.

Mary Brady said...

Geri, oh, no! Not your favorite pot. I suspect the mint would survive lying naked on the patio for days, so you'll most likely have your tea.

I am grateful to have enough space for mint to grow rampant and not harm anything--can you say Mojitos?

I hope they all live and thrive!

Kate said...

Sorry to hear about losing such a beautiful pot! I have a weakness for ceramics, too. As for the herbs, I grew them commercially for years and used to tell my customers, remember, in other countries these plants are weeds. I'm sure they'll be fine when you get home.

Snookie said...

Hope your herbs survive! Sorry about your pot, but I am glad you use your ceramic pots instead of having them stored gathering dust. :)

Toni Kenyon said...

I'm a herb-lover and herb-grower, Geri. I understand your pain!

Your mint is probably better off in a pot by itself - it likes to take over and loves wet feet (I keep mine in a pot with no drainage holes so the roots can paddle) and it grows prolifically.

I do hope you get to enjoy Mint tea this summer.

Rogenna Brewer said...

Ahh! Geri, sorry to hear about the pot.

The seeds in my plastic green house never sprouted. Finally, figured out they were not only cheap, but old. If I ever find time to soak them they may still have a chance. The plants that made it into the ground got pummeled by hail on Wednesday.

Kristina Mathews said...

I've had the best success growing herb from the produce section at my local Safeway. The organic basil is the best. They seem to hold up better and taste better than the ones from Home Depot or Walmart. And they don't tend to put them out until winter is truly over.

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