We’ve been busy browsing through the big box store parking lot displays for flowers and herbs. The closest is Rural King, we always hit that one first because it is in the same frontage group as the Kroger store although we have occasionally been dismayed by their indifferent watering. Lowe”s is head and shoulders better but it is several miles farther.
The two planters above are my cherry tomatoes, these are Bonnie’s Super Sweet 100s.The chives are growing from last year’s pot, the rest are new this year. I’m having trouble finding flat leaf parsley. I do have some growing that I found at Kroger in an in-store display of “grow your own herbs indoors”. The rosemary is from that same display. They are offered year-round in cute little pots and I transplanted those to get a head start. Also on this bench are curly parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, dill, and basil.Mrs J has been busy, too. She does the flowers – the herbs and veggies are my area. Peppers of various sorts and tomatoes are the only veggies I care to tend – the Kroger garden is close enough for me.I have started with the mowing. While going down an edge I spotted this snake in the dry leaves. I can’t tell the head from the tail. Literally. I’m no expert but I think it is getting ready to shed its skin. It has the off-white sheen you see in shed skins but it obviously still has the snake in it.This bench has my peppers. So far this year I have cayenne, serrano, two kinds of jalapeno, and habanero.On this third bench are a few I’m growing more for display than edibility. Mrs J likes the tricolors, and there is one called Black Pearl that’s pretty. I’m going to try a Thai pepper this year, and a hybrid called Dragon Cayenne.I have an ornamental peach tree that has had a hard go of it lately. A wind storm last summer broke half of it off and of the remaining half, half died. The late freeze hurt the buds that remained.Mrs J is just getting started, She has a few perennials but she really goes for potted annuals.