Do you like Basil like I like Basil?
I was at my local nursery this week and found a new form of this favorite herb. It’s called
It’s just as cute as can be and can be pruned and clipped (and used) so that it forms more of a boxwood rounded shape. It stays small, growing to a height of 12-16”. Of course basil requires full sun and does so much better when cut and used before allowing the plant to flower. I searched online and discovered this is an exclusive Burpee seed item and can be ordered if you can’t find it in your area.
I purchased a little pot to try but still plan to plant the traditional basil just in case. I want to make sure I get my fill so I can make pesto later this season.
I will look forward to watching this small plant grow and filling out to a rounded boxwood ball. Oh, it smells so good!
While at the nursery I did a good share of browsing ~~ just anticipated a couple more weeks before I can really start purchasing flowers and herbs to plant.
I discovered this rosemary topiary! Oh I love the charm of this look. There is something about a topiary that has always appealed to me. I love the little formed ball on top of the stem. Do you just love the look of this patina pot??? It is just dripping with cottage charm!
This sweet topiary did not go home with me but I kept thinking about it. I couldn’t remember if it was $26 or $36. Passing near this nursery often, I decided to take another look today, thinking to myself I would splurge if it were $26. Well, darn if it wasn’t $36. I was strong thinking how many dishes I could purchase for $36 ;) and went home without it.
Recently I’ve been reading articles on how to achieve patina on your own clay pots.
Here’s one you might want to read and try for yourself:
How to Add Patina to New Clay Pots
wait long, you can add patina to your new clay pots before you plant the first flower or flower seed in the new clay pot, here's how.
There are several methods to add patina to new clay pots, one of the simplest ways is to just let the new clay pot soak in water for a few weeks. Clay pots need to be soaked in water prior to adding potting soil and planting anything in them, or else the dry clay pot will absorb all the soil's moisture and dehydrate whatever you plant in it. Just make the initial water soak for your new clay pot a long soak to add patina. Place new clay pots in a container of water that is deep enough to cover the entire clay pot and place the container outside in a location that will receive plenty of sun. Algae will grow in the stagnant water, fueled by the sun, and add patina to your new clay pots. Leave the new clay pots in the water until they reach the desired patina look you want, which usually takes 4-6 weeks.
Another simple method to add patina to new clay pots is to use plain yogurt. You can use yogurt that has reached or passed it's expiration date for this patina method. Just slather on a thick layer of plain yogurt all over the new clay pots using your hands, sponge or paint brush, and set the clay pots in a shady location for 4-6 weeks until it reaches the color patina you want. Using this method to add patina will create an odor at first from the rancid yogurt, so place the yogurt covered clay pots in an out-of-the-way location so you can avoid the smell. The smell will be gone by the time the patina is on the clay pots.
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Martha had an article in her March magazine on this procedure. It looks like a fun project to try. I think I will do just that and perhaps make my own rosemary topiary in cottage charm fashion.
Do you grow herbs? What are your favorites?
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