Here it is, the big reveal!
After several weeks of eagerly waiting, anticipating, and stressing, the day has arrived that I can finally share this HUGE news with you all.
I am pleased to announce the growth in our house!
New life is blossoming here in this family, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share in this with you.
I am thrilled to be able to celebrate this joyous day with everyone!
My herbs are finally in bloom!
On Monday, it rained and rained and rained, ALLLLLLLLLLLLL the live long day. And I, being the horrible gardener that I am, left all my pots out on the steps while I was away all day. My face paled and my stomach dropped to my toes when I was at cooking club and remembered that my pots we’re still sitting outside on the porch.
They were doomed, I knew it. All that water. All the flood warnings…they were done for.
Apparently, all that rain was what they needed because the next day, this happened:
It’s clearly doing the best of all the herbs. It’s even starting to take its shape.
I picked a piece and ate it, and it’s delicious. Mucho cilantro-ey. I cannot WAITTTT to use it this summer! It will be so nice to not have to run to the store all the time for herbs.
The parsley made it’s appearance next.
It’s not quite as full and robust as the cilantro–but I’ll take it. It will come, in time, in time. It also hasn’t started to take it’s signature flat leaf parsley shape. It will get there, I know it will.
Next, my marigolds started to sprout.
I’m a little underwhelmed with the state of these. They haven’t done much growing since they first sprouted, and come on, where are all the brothers and sisters? They are going to need to start appearing if I am going to have the beautiful welcome plant on my front stoop like I had hoped…
Then finely, the lone basils started appearing. I almost missed them–two tiny little sprouts on the very side of the pot. Last year, the basil were the quickest growers.
They’re shy this year, they must be.
Maybe that’s why I can’t seem to find basil at any grocery stores this year…They’re shy.
I can’t wait to see how they grow up.
Remember last week when I was making my pretty flower pots? …Well, there was a bit of a mishap. A small hiccup in my plans…
I had planned to plant my herbs (cilantro, basil, and parsley), and some marigolds for the front stoop. I also thought I’d give a shot at growing my own tomatoes this year. After a trip to Lowe’s for some planters, soil, and seeds, I was ready to give my green thumb a go.
Here we were, Gracie & I, just minding our own business on the back porch, painting pots, planting seeds, and enjoying a glorious day.
My herbs and marigolds were sunning on the rail, and I was just finishing taking pictures of everything to share with you lovely folks when, suddenly, the unspeakable happened!
My tomato seeds went missing!
Now, let me tell you, I searched high and low for this mysterious, disappearing seed packet. I thought, maybe the wind blew it off the porch and it was floating around down below. I searched, and searched, and search…No seeds were found.
Finally, I gave up my search.
I cleaned up the porch, and went inside to put my pots in the windowsill, when, finally, I found the culprit.
I showed you my herb garden 2 years ago. Remember? Wow, I can’t believe that was 2 years ago. I never did update you on how my first attempt at an herb garden went.
You see, all was well. Everything was going wonderfully in my little herb-growing land.
Everything was coming up nicely, the sun was shining A LOT that summer, and things were getting to the point where they were about ready to start using.
And then, something happened.
My Boo and I took an impromptu, week-long trip to the homeland (Michigan) and IIII forgot to hire a plant sitter/waterer/surrogate mother.
I came home to a dried up, brown, crunchy mess. It was not pretty.
And that’s how my green thumb turned brown.
I took a summer off to mourn, and here I am–at it again.
I’m hoping to be a supportive, nurturing, green-thumbed mother to these herbs this time around so I can actually eat them. You guys need to keep me up to it, kay?
Really. I did.
Want to know how? Because, I’ll show you.
If you ask nicely.
With sugar on top?
Okay, I give. I’ll show you. It was easy, I promise. And relaxing.
First you need to paint the pots the colors of your choice:
After about 7 different paint schemes, I finally settled on white & green.
Then I changed my mind after I took this picture and painted one blue.
So white, green, & blue. Perfect.
Next, print off the labels you want, in the font of your choice. The bolder the font, the better.
With the exacto knife, or scissors, trace the letters to cut then out. (We’re creating a stencil here, folks.)
For the letters with a middle, (like the p, a, e….etc), leave a little connector. If you forget, like I did a few times, no worries, just keep the middle.
For the middle of the ‘P’ and the ‘A’ that I accidentally cut out, I just stuck a little tape to the back and taped it in place.
Then, with your paint brush, paint in the stencil. I found that dabbing or blotting works best. That way it pressed the stencil down as it painted so I didn’t get and bleeding edges.
Beautiful!! There were just a few edges to touch up (this is where a small brush would have come in handy.)
For the little flower thingy, I just used a rubber stamp with a stamp pad that I had and pressed it on for added detail.
And there you have it!
Simple, easy, and great looking herb pots!
I’m all ready to start mothering and nurturing my herbies!
It’s been a pretty quick summer. I think last summer we forgot to blog all summer and ended up doing one post of a recap of our summer–I’ll give you the same thing this year 🙂
Hopefully I’ll have a few more recipes for you soon…I made a delicious soup tonight at work that I’d like to share with you.