Tuesday, September 20, 2011

End of season coming up...

At Home
Not too much going on at home. Some summer flowers holding up and some autumn flowers starting to bloom, though.
Temperatures are cooler so far this September...
Last year on this date it was 78 degrees today it's 64...brrr

Obedient Plant 'Vivid' or Physostegia did well this year but my Miss Manners disappeared !

Impatiens and potato plants

Still getting tomatoes !

Scarlet Runner Beans. Gives privacy and Hummers like them.

Out of control Crape Myrtle Whit VIII 'Rhapsody in Pink' -Lagerstroemia indica.
Need to shape it this fall or next spring.
Also have to move that one hosta (bottom left of picture) because it's so big that I'm getting shade where other stuff needs light.

Husbands favorite plants--Knock Out Rose Rosa 'Radrazz'.
He prunes them every couple of days. Myself, did very little pruning this year.

Just some mums.

Sedum spectabile"Brilliant" everywhere.

Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow' sure does spread. One of you girls told me it can be invasive. This plant and others might have to get moved since our mostly shady area got changed to part sun.

Yellow climber still pretty but needs to get moved also.
Really don't feel like moving anything with it being so chilly today...
ok, I'm lazy too.

We now have SKY looking straight out back since 2 neighbor trees were cut down and one pruned last month.
Not sure what impact it will have on my shade plants come next year.
Sure is nice to see white clouds and birds flying by while sitting on our new deck.

Mini vacation
Ok. now just a quick view of our mini vacation.
Three days of it being 90 degrees in Florida then coming home to temps in the 60's...
well you can see why it feels chilly.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thai Basil

Everyone knows Sweet Italian Basil.
BUT have you tried these that I started from seed.
Think I found a new LOVE !!!

Basil Sweet Thai- Anise/Licorice Basil (Bai Horapa)
Savory, spicy, has a well-endowed, clove-like licorice flavor.
Its leaves are deep green, smaller and not as round as Western sweet basil. They grow on purplish stems, topped with pretty, reddish purple flower buds. Both leaves and edible flowers are sweetly perfumed with a mix of a distinctly basil scent and that of anise or licorice.

Basil Thai Magic-Ocimum basilicum
Sweet mild with a hint of anise.
Much like our Western Basil.

Basil Queenette-Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora
One of the most aromatic and flavorful of the Thai Basils.
An essential herb for Vietnamese and Thai cuisine with a complex clove/mint flavor and a distinctive anise aroma.
They grow on purplish stems, topped with very pretty purple flower buds..
It can be used as a vegetable in curries and spicy dishes, releasing its anise flavor.
Leaves are just slightly larger than Sweet Thai.
Or it can be used with Heirloom tomatoes, olive oil and garlic...My favorite !!!!