And here's a close-up (not for the squeamish):
I know they look all gross and boogery, but they are actually very cute, docile little creatures. I had three in my 3rd grade classroom years ago as part of a required science unit and learned to really appreciate slugs. Sure, they eat your plants, but if you aren't afraid to pick them up (why should you be?), you can plop them right next to a weed and watch them go to town.
Then tonite, I decided it was time to do some container gardening. I potted over a dozen plants, mostly herbs. I hope they'll be established and fully grown in time for my Studio Tour on April 21 and 22 (check out www.tefidesigns.com for more info).
I planted this Bolivian Jew in a planter that I got from my late grandmother Mildred.
Here we have tomato plants (blue container, large terra cotta), dill (froggie, small terra cotta), chives (round pottery) and an old kolachoe from last year (small green pot).
Here's some basil, rosemary, and Purple Jew (seriously, what's up with the jew thing?):Here's one of Mildred's cacti, which has been growing like gangbusters since she died last year. Also, be on the lookout for some burgeoning strawberries soon...
This is a three-tier planter with last year's plants with one tiny addition at the bottom center. Yup, more strawberries!
We thought this hibiscus tree (a housewarming gift from the Hukills) was a goner. You see, I noticed it had a mad aphid infestation while we had it indoors during the winter. I put it out in the garage, but the cold was too much for it and all the leaves wilted and browned. I was ready to throw it out before my friend Keith pointed out some small buds. Holy crap! A little pruning et voila. Leaves!
And here's the whole shebang! In a month I expect it to be much greener. Plus, I'll be adding more color to it shortly.