For $1.00 each I got amethyst falls oregano, peppermint, onion chives, lemon thyme, spicy globe basil, catnip, and triple curled parsley. The parsley was in error, I thought I picked a cilantro. The catnip is for Velvet, our spoiled tuxedo cat. The officinalis sage (just garden sage dressing up its name) and creeping rosemary were $2.49 each.
It is hard to stop bruising the leaves and sniffing! The chocolate mint actually smells like chocolate mint, and the leaves are even brown! The lemon thyme has a strong hint of lemon to its odor. The basil makes my want to chop it with tomatoes and melt it into cheese to use as a spread! I guess that can wait until summer when I have some warm, fresh from the garden tomatoes.
I found the cutest bird bath for the herb garden at Safeway today. The woman working there didn't know if it is sealed, and since it is terracotta I might have to get some sealant from the hardware store if it isn't. What is the point of a bird bath the won't hold water? Maybe it could be planted with a shallow rooted herb...it is too cute to return.