Effort: A ++
As a former nerd/OCD student, I am disappointed by my B-. Let me show you why I have received such a grade.
Looks good, right? WRONG. Note what is missing. I killed all of the parsley. My mom examined everything and informed me that I "drowned it," causing the roots to rot. Who does that!?
Other view of empty spot where parsley was freshly planted...and is no longer.
I hope you noticed the "accessories," by the way. My mom surprised me with this cute box of herb markers. Hmmm....I am noticing this blogging thing is great for hints for gifty ideas.
Now, I am forced to
plant kill more herbs.
The reason I did not completely flunk the herb garden project is because my efforts have wielded this basil.
It is sitting in water (all per my mom's instructions) waiting to be used in my sundried tomato, artichoke, black olives and orzo pasta salad....
(Side note: If you are new to Gimlet, that bottle next to the sink is not filled with St. Germain, but rather, dish soap. Although I would like to, I don't have liquor sitting next to my sink ready for a pull all of the time.)
Now, the things that are able to grow on their own have flourished. The plants I have been calling "the boxwoody things" are actually one of my favorite flowers, gardenias.
We are so lucky! The yard is currently infused with fragrance.
Note that there is a sprinkler right behind this plant...which is why it is thriving. Otherwise, we know what would happen.
Ready for the piece de resistance? Another surprise from my gardener, I mean, mom.
Two confederate jasmine plants for the side fence in our front yard. They look so puny compared to the jasmine that is taking over New Orleans right now. Another deliciously distinct fragrance that, in one sniff, can summarize "Nola" to me.
Apparently, jasmine "grows like wild fire." Uh-huh. We'll have to see about that. Beau has agreed to water them in the evening...or remind me to, since they are not part of the automatic sprinkler system. Ask me for a progress report in a couple of months.
P.S. We are always accepting tips, tricks, and hints on gardening over here at Gimlet.