Salvia : Salvia ' Victoria Blue ' I replaced our Petunias with these hardy perennials. I'm hoping they'll last until Winter when I like to plant Pansies. These pots have had a purple theme this year. Perhaps I'll have a colour change next time?
Rosemary : Rosmarinus officinalis ' Tuscan Blue ' Part of my potted herb garden which also includes Thyme, Sage and Chives. I'm hoping for some lemongrass soon.
Thai Chilli : Burkes Backyard ' Colours of Silk ' Range ( ' Taste of Thai ' ) I definitely based my choice of this by its colour. Now I'm reading the tag which says it has a rating of 7 on the international scale. This scale is out of 10, so I figure they're pretty hot. Hope my dog who eats anything remotely palatable doesn't get hold of these, he might have a rude shock! I planted these next to our Buddha ( the original plants got fried in the summer sun )
Basil Combo : ' Limelight Basil ', ' Purple Leaf Basil ' and ' Sweet Basil ' More herbs for cooking. My husband has been using them in our meals. He has Jamie Oliver's ' Flavour Shaker ' which he finds does a good job of mashing up the herbs but they're difficult to remove from the ball and shaker if they're moist.
Pride of Madeira : Echium candicans A shrub I've been wanting for a long time. It's hard to find in nurseries so when I found some whilst taking plant photos at a retail nursery, I seized the opportunity. These grow to 2-3m high and wide with the most beautiful ( and enormous ) vibrant purple flower spikes. They're also very tolerant of dry conditions.
Our Lemon Tree has grown! I love this new bright green growth. The leaves smell amazing too.Cape Gooseberry : Physalis peruviana A childhood favourite, our Mum used to grow these which we nearly always ate unripe because we were too impatient! The taste is instant nostalgia for me. We went to ' Gooseberry Hill Primary School ' which is another childhood connection. I can't wait to introduce our nephew to these, at the moment he's too young to encourage strange berry eating!