It's been a couple of weeks since we transplanted most of our seedlings outdoors and, optimistic though we were that the freezing temps were officially behind us, it was alas too cold for our resilient, yet sensitive basil.
Serious goners. Such a shame! We did reserve some basil indoors luckily, and are planning on moving it to a large pot for the deck, once we procure said vessel.
We had also held off on transplanting our dill, as the vertical garden didn't afford the space, but now that the basil is out, we planted the dill in its place.
I'm looking forward to grilling fish on the deck and plucking little dill sprigs to adorn it in the coming months. Also in anticipation of warmer times, I finally bought an aloe plant for soothing sunburns, which I've been meaning to do forever.
It's such a cheery slice of the Southwest to have in the house. I don't know why but lately I've been obsessed with Southwestern aesthetic, particularly mosaics and adobe. I've even considered the probably completely inane idea of getting temporary mosaic tiles for my apartment in an effort to get what I want now, even though I know that never brings lasting happiness (but look at these!). Yes, there's something really wonderful about the colors and textures of the south that feel almost like they breathe on their own.
Maybe it's the result of living in a concrete jungle, or three floors up, but I've had such an urge to be closer to the ground lately. When I explained this to Dan, he relayed this Lao Tzu quote, which I really like: "In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple." Then when I looked up the quote, it said more: "...In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present" (from Tao Te Ching). Such lovely thoughts to think, and how often I forget to think them.
But enough of that! We have some other little plants' growth to share- cyclamen flowers, mint and lavender.
Everything is growing to be really strong and fragrant, but also quite attractive to ants! Not sure how to deal with this without chemicals - any advice?