A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 37 – Basil

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“Lemon Plumes” – Summer 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – Right next to my front walkway… A favorite of the neighborhood kids… And the secret ingredient to my world famous Lemon Beer Chicken….

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Basil… I absolutely love this plant… I grow as many varieties as I can get my hands on… Italian, lemon, cinnamon, lime, magic, sacred, Minette, Thai, globe, spicy, purple, red… And that is just in my front yard… Although Basil is considered a culinary herb… I actually use it as an ornamental plant that I have the option of eating…

I can’t even begin to convey how many times I have been told I should prune the flowers off of my Basil… And yes… If I was going for the edible leaves… That would be the case… And I do this to my “Italian Large Leaf” plants… But I like the way Basil looks when it is in flower… I always have… I believe it is one of the most underrated landscape plants available…

Basil is an annual… Plant it… Water it… Establish it… And leave it alone… It is a Mediterranean plant so it can handle drought… All that’s left is to enjoy it… Which I promise you will…

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“Dragon Basil” – Summer 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – This variety is actually known as “Michael’s Magical”… But early on I noticed the flowers look like dragons so I made my own common name…

Basil in bloom is a beautiful thing… The plant suddenly begins to stretch toward the heavens… Slowly… Tiny flowers begin to form along each stem… They are a favorite of bees… Often attracting so many it will appear as a swarm… When the wind blows… The plant dances… In unison the flowers sway back and forth… This is often the only time I can get close enough to them to prune without disturbing the worker bees…

I always grow Basil along the walkway to my front door… Anytime I walk past I run my hand through the flowers… Because of this… My front yard always smells of either cinnamon or lemon…

Children also seem to appreciate the smell of basil… It does not burn the nose like Sage… Even the spicy varieties smell pleasant… Plus… There are so many varieties available… It makes it easy to keep the kids guessing…

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“Rubrum” – Summer 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – A red variety… Well… It is actually a purple… But it is the reddest of the purples…

Woke up to a few inches of fresh snow… Expecting a few more this afternoon and then -30 wind chills tonight… Going exploring with my camera later… But because many of my readers are in parts of the world that don’t get snow… I am including a photo of last nights snow squall… As always… Taken with a shitty camera with a very shitty flash…

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“Sudden Squall” – January 25, 2014 – Looking at Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA

Garden Connections

I am dreaming of Spring… Planning my gardens… Well… Gardens and farm… Dreaming of Bees… Dreaming of chooks… Dreaming of watching the landscape burst forth… Shades of green… Shades of shade…

Dreaming of spending time with you… In our gardens… Because thanks to our friends the bees… Our gardens speak to each other… Therefore I see my gardens as yours… And your gardens as mine…

When your garden is healthy… My garden is healthy…

When my garden is healthy… I am healthy…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil

New To writing and never had to cite sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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3 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 37 – Basil

  1. Love the image, Chris. And love so much about the plant, especially its aromatic scent and palate pleasing. 🙂

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  2. My favorite is for ornamental value is African blue basil. The bees love it too!

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