Spring is here!

Have you noticed the new plants peeking their heads out?

Catmint

There are many here!

Hyssop

It is so exciting to see the new growth and wonder what some it even is!!

Some of my favorites that are growing are Rose of Sharon, Catmint, Hyssop, Salvia and even a little horsemint/bee balm!!

tiny Esperanza shoots

But the most exciting for my heart was my Esperanza!! I saw this tiny little shoot this weekend – it thrilled my heart!!

I love spring!!

African Blue Basil

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If I had to pick one plant that is my favorite this year it would be this one.  The picture above is after I cut about 1/3 of it off (it was covering nearby plants).  This plant is amazing!!

African blue basil is one of a few types of basil that are perennial. It is a sterile hybrid of two breeds of basil, unable to produce seeds of its own, and is propagated by cuttings.

Scientific name: Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’

Rank: Hybrid

The bees love it.  And not just honey bees.  There are so many bees (bumble bees, honey bees, carpenter bees, etc) that I cannot even count them when I walk by.  This plant is just gorgeous, huge and even smells good.

This basil will not come back from seed, so I plan to clip several pieces before winter and root it inside for my spring garden next year.  This plant roots like crazy!!  It takes abut 5 days in a cup of water and it will throw some serious roots out!!

IMG_4202In fact, there are so many bees on this plant it buzzes.  This particular section is right by my herb garden which is on the way into my house.  I walk by it every day, sometimes several times a day and it always makes me smile!!

No matter what this small bushy herb is always in bloom with tons of flowers, so once the bees start coming they will be back every day to get pollen and nectar from the new blooms of the day!

I guarantee that this plant will always have a place in my yard, in fact, next year I will have some in my herb garden but even more in the butterfly garden in the front – because I know it is so loved by the pollinators as well as me!!  Hope you find some to add to your garden, or if you are near me come by & snip a piece to root for yourself!!

 

More color

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Sweet Potato vine is a favorite – it has filled in this area with its amazing lime green color.  IMG_3834

Purple Coneflowers or EchinacaeIMG_3835

Country Girl Chrysanthemums – about to bloom!!IMG_3836

Nearly all my zinnias were volunteer from seeds from last year – so pretty!IMG_3837

Morning glory vine holding onto my trellisIMG_3838

Balloon flower from my friend David – never did anything last year, but came up this year and has lovely flowers!!