Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Rotten Garden

Really pleased with the garden this year...seemed to have really come to life.  We planted a Japanese herb last year called the red shiso, and the plant seeded and now I think I'm on the verge of ruining the neighborhood ecology, as it's EVERYWHERE...even in the backyard (assumed the lawnmower was the carrier)...you'll see it growing and spreading out into the grass.  I kinda love the color.  Everywhere you see purple, that's the shiso plant.  And I didn't plant it this season.  It came up on its own.



Look in the grass!!!  SHISO!



Real men smoke clay tavern pipes...

Miniature [soon-to-be] Orange Peppers...next to purple basil and Thai basil.



Ecosystem Fail




Miss Emma on her Halloween Bed...crocheted by Bean

17 comments:

highbury said...

By far and away the best halloween props AND you smoke a clay tavern pipe!?!?

Autumnleaf said...

Magnificent in every way Rot. I'm in love with the cauldron as well of course but your choice of color and texture is divine! As witchy rotten as it could be! And you can cook with it too! And what a lucky kitty Emma is!

Sara said...

Love this post! Perfect way to spend a Saturday...

I wish it weren’t so hard to cultivate plant life here. We’ve planted a ton and the only thing thriving are the succulents, naturally. I miss living in a climate that produces lush gardens. Never heard of Shiso. Sounds like mint, how it takes over.

Rot said...

highbury..haha..occasionally!
saw one at a store for 12 bucks and was intrigued enough to buy it. And use it.
It's relaxing and fun... so i ordered myself a Church Warden wood pipe!

Jay's Shadow said...

Very cool garden.

My wife does all of the “planting” decisions. I couldn’t tell the difference between a plant that you grow or a weed. I just dig the holes for the wife.

Me: oh look, that’s a cool looking plant/flower(s).........
Wife: dear, that’s a weed.

And I LOVE the smell of a smoking pipe.

Jeanne Wright said...

Nice garden! My dream is to one day have the back garden in such a state to have a haunted garden party.

girl6 said...

Gorgeousness!!
i thought the lovely kitty was Miss Mabel at first. until i read the teeny tiny type. only saw a pic of her once tho & that was kinda a long time ago. i do remember she was sort of a senior girlie at the time. hope she's still truckin. your kitty pic reminded me of this..cd cover art.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jun/12/carole-kings-tapestry-album

which i had to buy because of the great pic. even tho i am a carole king fan too it was the pic that really made me buy the cd.

i miss the little gourd boy.

Rot said...

that cover totally feels like little Emma. : )

Rot said...

sara, i never knew that about mint.

a neighbor was talking to me so he came up on the lawn with his dog...the dog smelled this weird herb (smells like strong curry) and started to go nuts and lay flat on the ground pushing himself into the weird tiny purple leaves.... making weird sounds.

I'm telling you... it's some kind of horrid epidemic happening.

Sara said...

Sounds like a M.Night movie waiting to happen.:)

Willow Cove said...

Wow, everything looks great! Yeah, it's funny what'll take off when you are not looking. Having plants are so relaxing. And the clay pipe? Classy! You're turning into the Strawman ;)

Jeff said...

Killer props, botanist, tobacco connoisseur, cat rescue...what don't you do?

Too late to plant those peppers?

lady M said...

What a beautiful garden. I kind of like the shiso.

Rot said...

i definitely like the shiso being in the garden...looks neat in the grass too.
smells great whenever i cut the lawn.

and it adds a nice darkness to the garden... so it can stay (not that i have a choice).

Willow Cove said...

Soon your neighbors will find you rolling around in the grass making weird noises.....

girl6 said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxyQYSJ3zQg

Vintage Seance said...

What a fantastic garden! And little Emma is precious! <3 <3 <3