My Mountain Valley Growers herbs came yesterday while I was at work. My son was kind enough to bring in the box, open it, unpack the plants and set them outside away from the nosy cat, Benny. He even thought to text me photos of the operation to appease my anxiety over their condition!
They are perfect!
Shipped in a long, tall box (8", the plants travel upright), with little stem supports, they arrived looking absolutely lovely! I have ordered small pots of herbs from other nurseries, and these are, by far, the best. The pots may be small (3" nursery pots actually measure 2 3/4 x 2 3/4), but the plants are bigger than I expected! Really healthy too!
So, what did I get?
DITTANY OF CRETE OREGANO: not a culinary oregano, it's used medicinally, and has been since ancient times. Homer mentioned how wild goats would eat this herb and wounds would quickly heal. It contains a natural antibiotic, many times stronger than penicillin! In fact, Hippocrates would prescribe Dittany! I am a follow-the-advice-of-your-physician sort of person, so won't be trying it. I bought it for its fabulous bracts and unusually furry leaves! It's just plain cute!
JUNIPER THYME: also called "moonlight thyme" because of the silvery color of its needles. I dislike juniper bushes with a passion, but in this case, juniper-esque is a good thing! I like thyme for it's small size and terrific aroma. For cooking I usually use sprigs off the larger English thyme plant and "collect" the other thymes just because!
BANANA MINT: it doesn't smell that much like bananas, but it definitely does not smell like mint! It is not a bad smell, like sweet pear mint (at least I find the aroma rather nasty!), but not as fruity as strawberry mint, which smells exactly like strawberry jam! Still, it's a wonderful new variety for my mint obsession!
BLUE BOY ROSEMARY: It's so cute! And it has flowers! Lowe's had some beautiful blue ceramic pots on sale which I resisted. But, now, I want them!
WHITE GROSSO LAVENDER: a 3' high lavender for my front yard planter, among the Munstead lavender, Tuscan Blue rosemary and golden oregano. I love lavender! White Grosso makes my sixth variety!
So, I am thrilled beyond reason! Herbs do that to me... Thanks to my youngest for the wonderful birthday gift certificate!
I have no affiliation with Mountain Valley Growers (www.mountainvalleygrowers.com), but will mention their Fall Extravaganza Sale still has another week (ends Sept. 28th) to go! I am pleased with their plants!