Today, in the garden, it happened… serendipity!
I just have to share my fortunate happenstance…
We have had a week of cool, sunny days… just perfect for spending hours in the garden! Everything is growing so quickly, including the weeds! So, today I was tidying up the Herb Garden.
The mints in the ‘Tea’ bed have really spread in the past few weeks. They were intertwined amongst one another and beginning to send runners over the raised bed. After a bit of pruning, I knew just what these vigorous, fast growers needed ~ more small trellises to climb. A trip to the garden center certainly wasn’t in my plans for today. Hmmm… Perhaps I could find something in the garage to support and control this Chocolate Mint plant.
I found the perfect thing! Why hadn’t I thought of this before? Beneath my potting bench, amongst the clay pots and vintage wooden boxes, was an old basket with a loose handle. Last summer, it held a lovely basket herb garden on the deck. At the end of summer, as I was putting it away, the handle came loose from the basket. So, I tucked both parts of the basket under the potting bench, where they rested, forgotten… until this very moment!
Slowly, I pushed the sturdy basket handle into the soil. It made a nice arch right over the Chocolate Mint plant. I carefully wrapped the vines of the mint around the basket handle. It worked perfectly to support the new growth. When I stepped back to admire my idea, I thought it looked great! In fact, I liked it even better than the bamboo supports that I’ve used in the past.
Serendipity ~ a pleasant surprise!
Now I’ll be hunting for old baskets with loose handles everywhere I go. Wouldn’t it look nice to have each mint plant in my ‘Tea’ bed climbing around an old basket handle?
Herbs and baskets just belong together ~ even in unexpected ways!
Let’s enjoy a tall glass of lemonade, and take a little walk through the garden to see what’s blooming this week.
Our garden is a riot of color in July! Many heavy rainfalls this month have encouraged lush growth. The beds are awash with bright blossoms.
Our Summer is really flying by quickly! Can you believe that this is the last weekend in July? Hope you can enjoy some of your favorite Summer activities. Whether you are working in your garden, gathering with family or friends, sailing, traveling, cooking out, relaxing near a lake, or reading on your balcony, enjoy these magical summertime days!
P.S. What’s at the very top of your Summer ‘bucket list’ this year?