It is still "cold" and gray in Kingston ... rain is coming and I don't mind that at all.
Great way to see how new rain barrel preforms right ? ... so what if there is a little dripping around the hose connection .. just needs a little more plumber's tape, right ?
So, I have been up to actually been buying some herbs at our local Home Depot.
The garden centers are slowly putting things out as the girls wear "parkas" ... yup ... Canadian Spring in full swing as usual.
It takes vision of sorts, to imagine the hot, humid summer infusing the air with the scent of herbs that is to come.
I expect it will happen with a bang .... again as it usually does ... we hardly ever have a decent Spring to acclimate ourselves slowly.
The promise of hot weather brings out the rosemary and lavender in me ... especially when there is a sale going on for fair sized starter pots with healthy looking babies.
This is what I am talking about !
But for identification purposes ...
Back plant is Campanula portenschlagiana (muralis) or Dalmation Bellflower ... OR ?
Cute little campanula plant ... they can live through just about anything and keep coming back .. you have to love that kind of stubbornness in a garden plant ! "That was an "impulse" buy I have to admit !
Essentials in the garden ... from left to right ... "parsley" Triple Curled .. first time I have bumped into that description or name for a curly parsley .. butterflies please take notice ? I bought three of them !
Then my ever loving lavender ... I usually but a boat load of "Provence" from WalMart as "Bonnie Plants"
but ... the price was right on "Ellagance" lavender at HD under the "Burpee" brand, so I indulged in nine to do a mass planting of sorts.
You can never have too much lavender ... and I do have some different varieties ... did I also say you can never have too many white roses ? ... my dream bouquet , white roses with amazing purple lavender.
You just can't top that !
Last on the right is rosemary ... their identification is just plain "herb rosemary" so I have no idea what cultivar it is .. but it is healthy and strong looking so six of them came home with me ...
I really missed harvesting rosemary last Autumn ... I don't know what happened ... wait a minute ... it was the chaos of the renovations from hell ! that did me in ... but this year ? I am on top of it all .. I hope !
They are huddled on the deck where I can keep an eye on them.
You might have noticed my coasters on the table are of a lavender "nature" ? wink wink
So ... I am almost getting into the insanity I go through when it comes to garden season ..
I still have to figure out where I am squeezing the new mail order plants in ... some have arrived already in the form of bulbs and roots ... the pressure is on ... I think I need to lay down and think about it all ?