I’ll be honest—I wasn’t sure if we were going to go to the Baltimore Herb Festival this year because with my additions to the lineup last year, I kind of thought I was set. But the mint we got outgrew its pot likwhoa, and the black pear pepper plant also outgrew its pot, and then Michael really surprised me by saying he wanted to go there to add some more houseplants to the house (#milliennial), so early on Saturday morning off we went to Leakin Park to partake in the annual tradition.
We had to leave sooner than we were probably going to because our AC wasn’t working and had to be home during an early-afternoon window, but that ended up being a good thing because we had a better selection of plants to choose from and we missed some of the most intense heat of the day. Michael ended up picking out an Asiatic lily early in our walk around the loop of vendors, and then I bought a couple of dahlias for my mom for her birthday (she’s getting another gift too that actually goes nicely with these flowers) before going to my favorite tent to buy a bunch of herbs that I only sort of had the window sill space for:
- Mojito mint (we’re trying again in a larger pot, and I’m going to be really vigilant about not letting the runners run amok in order to keep it under control)
- Red-veined and French sorrel (I’ve tried growing this before when we lived in Stamford, and I think we had too much rain one year for it to thrive, and I want to try it again in order to have more interesting salads this summer)
- Purple basil (I had to add a third strain after the Genovese basil and the Thai basil, and I really want to make some purple basil pesto, like yesterday)
- More oregano (This was given to me for free when I checked out, and I found a spot for it and we’ll see how it does next to our big pot of rosemary)
The French sorrel is looking a little rough because all of the starters had their leaves tangled up, so it was tough to find one without any damage, but I’m hopeful that once the plant has some time to adjust into the new pot that it will start coming back like crazy. I’m also hopeful that the plants won’t grow so tall as to eclipse the lemon plant behind it, but we shall see how this all goes.
I’m naturally excited to see how they all work, and if some of them don’t make it this year, well, I guess I really have an excuse to go to the festival again next year and try some new plants, so we shall see.