I've been in and out of Austin so much for the last few weeks that I can get a real sense of how my garden's been growing lately, like a stop-motion camera.
The mints are flourishing now, which has been nice. All of them have been trying to burst into flower, and I've mostly been trying to stop that, except for one oddball that flowers wherever two branches join together. That'd take a lot of work to stomp out. I'm thinking of trying to make a sorbet or ice cream from the chocolate mint plant, which is thick and lush.
The basils--well, a lot of them I only have a single plant growing, so I've let them go to flower to be pretty. But the lemon basil is a yard-wide patch of green. I'm letting half of it flower to replant itself.
The other herbs are growing grudgingly, but that's okay, I don't really need them. I've got tons of lemon verbena (I overbought it on a whim, and it's all growing healthily.) The stevia's doing well--I wasn't watering it enough, but I think one of my housemates was watering it every day in my absense, and it's thriving, but I think I don't really care so much about it as a concept anymore. And I've got tons of patchouli, which is kind of interesting, but not really useful.
The zombie cucumber's taken off nicely, far away from anything edible. It's a really big plant now, and started growing its first flower.
I got very enthusiastic about purslane, because it's reeely healthy, but...it's a succulent. When you eat it, it's tangy and tasty, then your mouth fills with an unreasonable amount of slime, and you don't really know where it came from. It's like having a special moment with a male significant other, but it's a plant. I'm not sure this is a good thing. And probably by next spring I'm going to have an awful lot of it.
And then, there's the miracle berry plant. It's growing and looks healthy, but really, there's not a lot to say about it--it looks like a tiny little dark green shrub. *shrugs* Maybe some day there'll be berries.