Sweet basil-I grow all year round
Greek basil-has a mint after taste to it,really like this one
Purple ruffles-aniseed flavour-my favourite,my only criticismis that its growth is a bit lax
Green ruffles-bitter and my least favourite,much better growth though than purple ruffles
Lime-does as it says very refreshing
Spice-very spicy actually has hairy leaves and looks more like mint
We have had great fun trying them with different foods,some I will let go to seed to save some but I dont think I will bother with green ruffles again
He lives in the same village as me and has some fantastic flowers in the garden behind his barn,he had it grown up a wall but I kept mine in a pot last year not able to decide where to put it.I am glad I did as Bob lost his I had taken a couple of cuttings so was able to return him a cutting and gave my other one away to a really good gardening friend.Its growth does seem to be a bit lax in that it breaks on very windy days so I have taken some more cuttings and absolutley love the flowers.This is my favourite shrub,Cercis Canadensis
(Forest Pansy)I love the pea like flowers which come out first then the colour of the leaves which this year are absolutley enourmous!! I had to measure 15cm,it is in a border which has a soak away coming off the shed into it but like everyone else it has not seen much rain this year,I took this photo the other morning when we had just had a shower and the rain was glistening on the leaves like little jewels.
Also like everyone else what to do with the enormous plum harvest other than jam and chutney,so I am going to try and do as many different Plum Recipes as possible.The first one was last night and was Plum Crumble.I can hear you now, that's not different, but it had a very tasty twist.
4tbsp Dark brown Sugar
I put everything into a pan and heated until the plums were soft,I then strained the juice(lovely in my smoothie today)I then stirred in 3tbsp ground almonds
I put everything into a dish and covered with a crumble mixture
3oz flaked almonds
a few almonds on top for decoration
There certainly was not much left.