Monday, October 25, 2010
Keeping at Bay
While digging and cutting away in the garden this past Saturday, I got to thinking about this past August, just before Kevin left for school, and how the three of us spent a Sunday afternoon trans-potting two huge bay (laurus nobilis) standards from big pots into much bigger pots in order to keep them happy and healthy and to have plenty of time to adjust and grow new roots while still outside enjoying the late summer weather.
Few things dress up a summer patio or garden path better than a clipped bay standard posing straight and proud in a pretty pot. They love full Sun and are fairly drought tolerant and, as we all know, Bay is used in cooking meats, fish, and used in in sauces and condiments where it's pungent, sweet aroma really comes through. Bay is native to southeast Asia and can grow there up to sixty feet. Oh, what I would give to have a bay, planted in my yard, that size. Even in the southern United States, bay can grow to be as high as thirty feet.