On June 2nd, I talked about my mints and how I pulled them up. So I had to replace them. Yesterday I talked to some friends and found out that indeed they had spearmint. This was not what I was looking for. One of my friends came through and told me they had mint and several different kinds. So today I went over to raid their garden and find out what they had. They had spearmint in plenty and a little bit of pineapple mint and some weird fuzzy mint I hadn’t seen before and still don’t know what it is. None of them interested me much. They said there was peppermint in there, but I couldn’t find it. However they did have variegated lemon balm. How pretty. I took a sprig of that. I thought I got a little root but when I got back home I found I was mistaken. It will probably root in water. I will see.
Since my friends that live close couldn’t help me out at least with mint, I shopped around. I did find a lot of pineapple mint and spearmint. A couple of shops had varieties of peppermint, however I held off. I wanted some fun mints too, like chocolate mint. One of my commenters (Weed Whackin’ Wenches) said they had orange mint and that sounded so good. I really wanted it too. None of the shops had either of those two mints. I found a place on the web to sell them all to me, but required three live plants if they were going to ship. They also had a peppermint called Candymint that I wanted to try. So I ordered online instead. Sadly they are not scheduled to ship until the 16th, so I’ll have to wait.
For instant gratification I bought other plants at the garden center: two basils and two thymes. I have my lemon thyme in the garden, but my French thyme died on me about 5 years ago and I’ve never bothered to replace it. So now I have both French thyme and English thyme. I like the French thyme better, but the English is hardier. For the basils I picked lemon basil (do you detect a theme of lemon flavored plants in my garden?) and Thai basil. The basil seed I sowed of lemon and holy basil never germinated. Well a few little plants did but they lasted about 3 seconds in the garden before something ate them. My new basils are now out in the garden hardening off. Hopefully they will last longer.
Since I didn’t take my camera with me on my journeys, I’ve given you more photos of the garden in the rain. It was another pretty but cool day in the rain, but I'm looking forward now to some sun. If only it would stay cool, but it is destined to get very, very hot this weekend.