Spring has sprung

Blue skies, warm sun, and the birds are going nuts. After weeks of rain, spring is finally here! For me, it’s one of the most precious seasons in Rome as these are the few weeks before it gets ridiculously hot an humid and — being of Irish, Polish and German origin — before I have to start lathering on the sunscreen just to walk to the store.

It’s also the time of year that I remember my poor, rejected plants out on the terrace. I desperately want to have a green thumb, but can’t seem to even keep a cactus alive. Luckily, I have a husband for these sorts of things.

City-dwelling Italians are really good about keeping some green on whatever little outdoor space they have. Balconies are bursting with color, and you have to be careful when walking down a residential street in the evening as you might get watered-on (as I often have).

Of course, my favorite plants are the ones I can eat, and since they’re the ones planted directly outside the kitchen, I remember to water those year round. Unfortunately, I still managed to kill the basil and the mint (uh oh, better bring that back to life before mojito season begins).

I’ve also manage to turn my thyme purple. There’s still tons of it, but it’s lost that dark green color and has turned purple. So, my dear readers with gardening experience, is that normal?

Here are the plants that have somehow persevered:

←Sage: It won’t stop growing! And it’s so strong, I can only use one leaf in a recipe.

→ Rosemary: I use this more for winter recipes (roasts and such). This won’t stop growing either.

 

 

 

↓Lemons: What’s wrong with life giving you lemons? I use them all the time!

→ Parsley: I use this in every fish dish.

 

 

 

 

 

↓Citronella: I guess it keeps mosquitoes away. Gastronomically, I have no clue what to do with it.

→ Mini Mandarin-orange tree: I don’t eat these. But later in the season little while flowers bloom and they smell SO good!

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Spring has sprung

  1. janbrennan says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! Maybe the cold killed the plants; try cutting them back and perhaps they will rejuvenate.

  2. Nina Heiser says:

    hey I think you can use citronella in tea and maybe balms. will check when we get home. some thymes turn purple. love your blog. thanks for posting link. kisses to you and Jacopo.
    we’re still coming to rome but when?????
    xxxooo

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