Sunday Planting


I have made very short to do lists for Sundays lately.  It’s been wonderful. Yesterday’s only project was to plant a windowbox, and I accomplished said goal right before sunset.

There was crisp air; there were sage plants and thyme plants and dirty fingernails.  It was a good cap on a day full of friends and perfect weather.

photoI think we have very photogenic sage.  Fingers crossed that I can keep it photogenic and growing as the months move on.  It is drought-resistant, so that’s a good start to our relationship.

Between Projects (a.k.a. Planning Time)

Scott is working on lots of things at the house right now, but his primary project is building window boxes for us from pallets we had sitting around.  I have to say, I was surprised when he suggested building window boxes.  That sounds more like a me suggestion than a Scott suggestion.  Obviously, I was on board with that plan.  (I am happily between large house projects, so I can just support choices.  It’s great.)

Now the boxes have been created, installed, and filled with dirt (at least one of the two, maybe both).  I decided to paint them black, since the shutters are black.  Another bright burst of color was too hard to commit to after the bright green door.  I didn’t want the house to start to look like a pre-school with various brightly colored spots here and there.  Right, so black window boxes, black shutters.  Like this:

from Pinterest (who says it's from

from Pinterest (who says it’s from

No, those aren’t our window boxes.  Ours are just filled with dirt, remember?  Now it’s time to pick what goes into our window boxes.  Hmm.  There are the fluffy, full, mostly wild looking options and the organized, very precise variety (see above).  Maybe I’ll just aim for the alive variety.

So here are the front runners in my mind right now…

1) Sage and thyme:

photo from

photo from

2) Wintery conifers:

photo from

photo from

I am leaning heavily towards the herbs, since they could supply us with tasty inexpensive food and be beautiful.  The conifers are tempting though.  It seems like they would be hard to kill.  That’s my favorite feature of a plant, especially if it’s hanging out of the front of my house in a spot I might forget.  Pictures to come when we’ve resolved the dilemma.

Herb Garden: Day 1

This is what part of our front garden looked like yesterday morning.  Oooh, aah.

garden before1

I’ve decided to tackle it one small piece at a time, since the last owner of the house must have done nothing but garden 24/7 to keep up with all of the garden spaces on the property.

And this was the other side (when I realized I should take a picture, right before digging the deadster out of there).

garden before2There are happy new rosemary plants in the back there, see?

After digging around a bit and adding a few markers around seed-filled dirt, it looked like this:

BeFunky_main garden.jpgThe labels on the picture are mostly for me–so I don’t accidentally try to put a mountain of fresh oregano into a recipe that calls for thyme three months from now.  I think those are the only two I’m in danger of confusing.

Do you like our pot of rocks?  It turns out I’m good at killing potted plants, especially if they’re all alone on the front porch–a place I rarely have reason to visit.  I’ll work on finding a rock replacement for the pot someday.  First I have to concentrate on getting the seeds to sprout.  I don’t want an entire rock garden.

It isn’t a perfect herb garden yet.  For example, someday I’ll take out the plastic labels and the stick markers.  And there will be real, live herbs, not just herb seeds.  But for now, I like it a whole lot better than a collection of long-dead plants and weeds.  Progress!

There are a few plants to enjoy before the seeds sprout, although I’m honestly not sure what 2 of the 3 plants are.  Sure, I read the tags, but they were unfamiliar plants to me.  This one, however, is yarrow:

yarrowIt seems that yarrow has some medicinal uses, although I’ll have to learn about those in the future.  For now, I just appreciate that is has nice, feathery leaves.  (I also read that it can become invasive, which is fine by me!  I’ll gladly accept a whole garden bed of yarrow.)

This one is cute as a button:

pink flowerYep, I’m too lazy to learn the real name and will henceforth call it “Cute as a Button.”  I do know that we have cilantro and parsley and basil on the other side of the walkway.  Those are the important things to know.