Elsewhere in the garden . . . Here's some volunteer borage plants. Last year I started some plants in 6-packs and never got around to finding a spot for them. The 6-packs sat on the ground in this bed, sent roots down through their containers, bloomed and dropped seeds. And this winter, well, those seeds sprouted and I let them grow. It sure is happy.
While I'm on the subject of herbs, here's my Syrian Oregano plant. I planted this last year and watched while it grew very modestly and just let it grow. This spring it is putting out lots of luscious tender new growth. Right after I took these photos I cut the plant down to about 6 inches and am drying the stalks. Oregano is one herb that I prefer dried to fresh, the flavor of fresh oregano is too harsh for my taste, drying sweetens it. Syrian oregano is particularly strong. The aroma of the leaves as they dry is wonderful, I think it's going to taste great dried.
A volunteer catnip plant growing with my potted Makrut lime. The flowers on this catnip are huge and colorful. I don't have the heart to pull it out of the pot because it is so pretty. At the moment the lime is not at all pretty so I didn't take a photo of it.
The Pink Flowering caper bush putting out new growth. I grew this plant from seeds that I got from a SSE member in Italy. I have other plants from the same seed source that produce the usual white flowers. Those plants are in pots in a more exposed area of the garden and haven't grown as much yet.
These are my first caper bushes that I mailed ordered at least 8 or 9 years ago. I cut them back hard this winter and they are coming back as strong as ever.
One of the Croatian caper bushes growing atop the wall in front of the house. I never did get around to pruning them. The Croatian capers produced the most buds for me last year, but then, they are my only bushes that aren't confined to pots.
One branch that is growing right up against the upper part of the wall is blooming already.
Here's an oddity. This looks to be a butternut squash or something similar. The plant sprouted from seeds that were in the compost that I dug into this area last fall. The plant started growing late last fall and survived the winter frosts and chill, and the deer, it's outside the deer fence. I wonder if it will produce any squash, or for that matter, any squash worth eating.
This sight brought me a lot of joy. Those fat buds on the mulberry weren't just wishful thinking on my part, it's leafing out!
I need to get the tomato/pepper bed ready soon, look at how those babies have grown.
Thanks for joining me for my latest garden tour, I hope you enjoyed it.