Having children sometimes gets you to do things that are not really your thang - like gardening. You've heard of green thumbs I'm sure - I have two brown thumbs. I killed a cactus once.
[the unintentional hipster gardening shirt]
Well - Zoie started talking about having her very own garden. I knew as much to hit a nursery - my mother dragged me around White Rose in Canada enough times that I knew nurseries were not just full of babies.
Here we planted basil, thyme and I think coriander... or is it parsley...? I know they are herbs...
I follow my friend Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff who has lots of info on stuff and doing it... well, not it... moving on... between broken childhood memories of being dragged around gardening shops and Karen who will talk to me like I'm five with simple instructions via 140 characters or less, I can grasp the whole planting in clay pots concept - Zoie and I set off on an afternoon of herb planting. [ok - so it was a fun project that lasted an hour and a half.]
- Full sun if you can find it. [Singapore... tropics] Pots will dry out quickly though depending on how big they are. Herbs love dry heat. [It's humid K - is that ok??]
- They also love pots if you keep em watered!
- Just make sure they get lots of light.
[A fair exchange as I give her hair & makeup tips in 140 characters or less too.]
A little shower whilst potting herbs. Why not?
We got these what were labelled as 'Mosquito plants'. I asked the guy if they were citronella and clearly the light bulb came on as he looked very excited that I knew what citronella was... I bought five Mosquito plants and am planning on buying more - a little late for me since I've been suffering the degeneration after affects from Chikungunya since 2008... I'll save that glamorous story for another post when I am feeling less sorry for myself - more facts less whining then. (just don't believe everything you read - it does not clear up within 6 months - actually I think all the reports say within 15 days...liars...four years later... see - I'm whining...)
As a Canadian expat in Singapore, the events they have to help you settle in are fine and purpose serving. I for one, even though I work, would LOVE to see one of these coffee mornings chit chat about how to grow your own herb garden... or any garden for that matter... or combine it with a restaurant lunch since us ladies have been known to take in a meal or two... Enough with the coffee talk on how to hire your maid domestic helper.
We got our plants at CORONA Florist & Nursery. They are bringing in U.S Christmas trees mid-November for those who are interested.