Grand overview. I decided to line up everything against the fence this year, where they'll get excellent sun and, I must admit, it will be far easier for me to manage. I used to keep the containers on the patio; however, the pots then had to be moved around and relocated every time we wanted to use the patio. I can't believe I didn't do this years ago.
This is my sage and oregano. I planted the sage in the ground our first summer here, nine years ago, but it didn't take very well. Last year I uprooted it and gave it a better home and it's thriving. It was actually three times the size before I cut it back. The oregano was planted last year to keep it company and it's coming in really well.
Empty pots. Fascinating, no? No, I know. The yellow and red pots are Vidrines Midget Cowhorn okra, which is supposed to grow about only about three feet but produces pods that can reach 15-in in length. The blue bucket is Dixie Speckled Butterpea, which is a lima bean. I'm really excited about growing both of these. I love okra and lima beans and, if I get lucky and get a bumper crop, they'll both keep really well in the freezer.
The empty blue bucket with the bag of soil is for my lettuce seeds, which should be arriving any day now from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I forgot to order them earlier but there is still plenty of time as it's only May. The yellow and red buckets have six pepper plants of indeterminate variety. Because I forgot to label them. Which adds a note of intrigue, don't you think? However, if I am lucky, they should be Santa Fe Grande; Jimmy Nardello Italian; Corne de Chevre; Tequila Sunrise; and California Wonder. I also have some seeds indoors that I'm hoping to add to the collection.
Three tomatoes, Uncle Mark Bagby; Tonadoes des Conores; and a striped, whose name escapes me at the moment. Also sweet basil, cinnamon basil, and cilantro.
Left to right, my nine-year-old mint; Parisienne carrot seeds; and a big dish of German thyme; rosemary; and Texas tarragon.
Roses. Which I didn't plant but they're coming in so nicely I wanted to share. And, if you look closely, Buddha up to your left, under the tree.