Back from a great weekend at my brother-in-law's house by the ocean. Two days of fun and festivities celebrating the nation's birthday with family and friends. We had lot's of great food and drinks, lounged and laughed in the wicker chairs on the porch, watched fireworks and grilled marshmallows to make smores. We went to the beach a couple of times to build castles, fly kites and cool off in the ocean. For me, the first dip of the year - whole head under. Had to be quick though, the great white has been spotted along the coast according to the local news. Or was this just my excuse for getting out of the freezing cold water?
Anywho... This is what I came across in a garden center yesterday.
A boxwood basil- Ocimum Basilicum. (buxboms basilika på svenska?)
Fell in love, on the spot. There was never a doubt whether I should by this one or not. It was coming with me. Actually, two of them came with me - the last two remaining. One will go in my vegetable garden and one will come with me wherever I go. Not really, but I need to be able to admire it up close - often.
I guess it was bred in France as a great pesto base and has been around for a while, but it's just a couple of years old here in the United States. It will grown 12-16" tall (30-40 cm) and will grow in a boxwood looking manner as long as you keep pinching it back to encourage the shrubby growth.
Well, that's it for now. My cup of morning coffee needs refill and I need to close the windows and doors. The warm and muggy air is making its way inside. Boston's Mayor has declared a heat wave and we're expecting a high of 97 Fahrenheit (36 C) today. Ugh!