I mentioned yesterday that it’s too early to plant outdoors because we’re still at risk for frost. I thought I’d share a picture of my frostbitten Golden oregano to show you what can happen if you get too anxious to plant. (This one was planted last summer.) Poor baby. Luckily, it’ll be okay. With something hardy like oregano, it’ll look shabby for a little while, but once new leaves start growing you won’t even be able to tell it ever got zapped. If your plants look like this (coincidentally, they’ll have similar brown edges in high summer if they get sunburnt), trim off affected leaves so that they don’t rot and harm the other, healthy leaves.
My garden will be undergoing some major changes this year. I planted most of my plants at the same time, and didn’t take very good care of them last year. Most of the plants were probably 7 or 8 years old (I had them growing in large planters for several years before they went in the garden), and many kicked the bucket this winter. So I’ll be starting over, trying out new varieties, and learning from my past mistakes.
For example, ‘Grower’s Friend’ sage gets really big. I didn’t quite comprehend how big, until it crowded out several other plants. Here’s one with my sandal next to it for comparison, and a snazzy pink outline:
If I’d kept it cut back it would have been smaller, and would not have that unsightly dead spot in the middle. Something similar happened to the thyme next to it, there at the bottom right. The branches are about 10 inches long but only have leaves on the last 2-3 inches.
And on a more positive note, here’s one of the lavender I planted last summer. Look at all those fresh green leaves! The silvery leaves are dead; if they don’t fall off on their own you can gently brush them off.