Gardening has never been my strong point. Despite multiple horticulture classes and labs at Texas A&M, I never quite got the knack of how to take care of everything and make it look good. I've also never had anything but a patio to put my plants on, so I'm limited to containers.
That being said, I've kept a selection of herbs (the legal kind) for a few years, and it's been great for cooking. This spring I had overflowing pots of mint, rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley and sage. I was gone for a few weeks and all but the rosemary died. Sad day. It's been too hot to get any more herbs, but a few weeks ago and yesterday I went to the farmer's market (I feel so folksy at the market, like I should be wearing a sundress and flats and should have gone to the market on a vintage bicycle... that's beside the point) to get some more plants.
We're still in limbo about the house, so I can't invest in anything big like a red maple tree because I have nowhere to put it. I'm hoping to have a grand landscaping plan for our new place that we can implement little by little. But it's REALLY hard to resist pretty and cheap plants. So... I came home with some containers. I'll get sage and cilantro next time I go to the farmer's market
This is an ornamental pepper. Isn't it pretty? I just love it.
My new little English Mint. She goes in a bigger container later today.
My resilient rosemary. This plant is a couple years old--keeps going strong!
I already have two bougainvillea but they didn't bloom again this fall for some reason. Might be in too much shade. Hopefully they'll bloom in the spring. I think we live too far north to fulfill my dreams of having big bougainvillea bushes, but at least I can have them in containers.
My bloom-less bougainvillea. I still love you!
I've had irises a few years and they have only bloomed once. Any suggestions?
I've had this thai basil less than a month and it's just grown and grown. Yay!
My genovese (shout out) basil. I used some leaves in a recipe on Monday.
This was a gift from my friend Spooky. It's some kind of succulent and I started it from a cutting probably two years ago. It's just now starting to grow well, so maybe I wasn't watering it enough. Or something. I told you I have a black thumb!
MY FAVORITE. My mother-in-law and I just fell in love with this ornamental pepper Black Pearl plant. The leaves are PURPLE! I'm going to put this with the other pepper plant in a container.
How are y'all gardening this fall? Any tips for my adventures in FOR REAL gardening at our new house?