I got out a special fine-point pen, a notebook with flowers drawn on the front, and my favorite red teapot. I made some hot tea and poured a little into my fancy lady's teacup, and then I wrote down "lemon verbena" as neatly as I could. This was going to be fun. Peppermint, parsley, basil.
But it didn't stop there. Somehow, through the mystery of online browsing, by noon I had decided on not only herbs, but a lemon tree, a kumquat tree, and a lime tree. Dear me! I already had an orchard in my cart.
That's the danger of a red teapot. It's a gateway tool, and it leads to other things. I was on a roll. By the weekend I had bought three packs of seeds for salad greens and seeds for sprouts! I know for certain the rabbits are already lining up.
The truth is, it feels good to have my garden plans in place this early in the year. Sometime in mid-April I'll find tarragon, sweet woodruff, and bay laurel at my front door, along with lovage, garlic chives, lemon verbena, and lemongrass. I know just where I'll plant them too. . . in red pots along the porch deck.
If you come by to visit this spring, I'll make you a salad with strawberry yogurt dressing or a sandwich with sprouts. If you don't see me, I'll be out back harvesting the lovage or lemongrass.