Another chore for this Saturday will be moving the potted plants back indoors for the winter. I'll have to set up a table in the basement for the gazillion amaryllis (amarylli?) bulbs I've kept over the years or started from seed. Then there's the 4 foot tall dwarf banana, a Musa zebrina 'Rojo', I think....there wasn't a tag with it when my husband gave it to me for Easter 5-6 years ago. It's done very well this summer and has 4 large pseudostems in the pot along with 2-3 smaller pups at the base. At this point the banana has become just another member of the family and I hate the thought of losing it.
What was I thinking when I decided to start all those different packs of basil varieties??? I had lime, lemon, cinnamon, blue spice, globe, and Red Rubin basil. I think I had been enthralled with the idea of all those different flavors and scents and wanted to try them all at once, but in the end I never really used them, even though I had dozens of plants. The lemon basil consistently reminded me of the smell of furniture polish each time I popped a leaf in my mouth. At least the bees seemed to appreciate all the basil flowers, and the 4 x 4 foot patch of alternating purple and green basil I transplanted in the corner of the back yard was very pretty in late summer. Next year I think I might just stick with the Genovese basil for pesto and an ornamental red variety for color. Well, maybe just another couple of blue spice basil plants for variety.....oh wait, that's exactly how things got started this past spring.