The Shank of Hump Day…

If we can have the shank of the evening — As in, You can’t leave now. Why, it’s just the shank of the evening! In other words, the fun is just beginning. — I’ve decided we can have the shank of Hump Day, and I’ve declared this is it.

A post in the shank of Hump Day, that’s what this is.

You can’t leave now. Why, it’s the just the shank of Hump Day!

Moving right along.

There should be a designated lane for those traveling to and from the garden centers/nurseries this time of year. A designated lane, I say.


Because I’m trying to fill every little pot, every little nook and cranny, every little everything with a pop of color and texture. A feast for the eyes and for me… the soul.

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Sunvy, Super Gold, Sanvitalia

This little pot got put together today.

I’m scrounging anything that I think would make an interesting container from what I already have.

I’m still under the influence of Around The World in 80 Gardens, the patio gardens of Cordoba, Spain. This post.

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Vista Salmon, Salvia

This is some landscaping or drainage rectangle I found at the side of the road. Salvaged for the salvia.


Isn’t that the most spectacular color?

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The zinnias are looking all sparkly, strutting their color. Show-offs! One plant was lost to a late frost.

Dang frost. You can see the vacancy in the front on the right.

Zinnia plot available. Free for the asking.

Usually this container is filled with spinach and lettuce, but I wanted a big box of happy by the kitchen door.

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Gratuitous snail with puddle shot after the rains. Can you find the snail?

Snails are not allowed in the garden containers, so they’re left to wander in the garden wilderness.

These are the days of their lives.

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This is the right side of the garden crypt today. The two thymes and chives wintered-over from last year under a bed of straw.

They did beautifully. When the straw was first removed, there was nothing but twigs.

But I waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And look what happened.

The African Blue basil was just plunked in today. I don’t know what is going on with the basil. I’m growing some from seed, which is coming along nicely… so far. But I had to replace a tiny leaf basil I planted two weeks ago with the African Blue. It just dropped its leaves. Kinda slutty really. It wasn’t PG basil. You know what I’m saying?

To be continued…

For now, enjoy the shank of Hump Day.


7 thoughts on “The Shank of Hump Day…

  1. Looks like they are all in fine form, even if a tad slutty 🙂 I love the name African blue basil… sounds intriguing. Is the African version much different than the Italian? I am very much a novice when it comes to gardening but herbs appeal to me.

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  2. Where in the world (literally or figuratively) did that ‘shank’ phrase originate? Or the phrase ‘hump day’ for that matter 😀

    Love your gardens. All of ’em. I bought a pot of chocolate mint basil (?) thyme (?) this year – never seen it before and every morning I’d rub it with my fingers for a little sniff of pleasure. I’d show you a photo but sadly I forgot to water it and it didn’t survive.

    I don’t deserve to replace it if I can’t even remember if it was basil or thyme and water it appropriately. Waaaaaah

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    • I grew up hearing the phrase — the shank of the evening. If you Google it, you will find a variety of opinions. 😀 The Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary hedges their bets by defining it both as 1) the latter part of a period of time 2) the earlier or main part of a period of time. But I understood it to be just as I described it in this post.

      As for Hump Day, it is Wednesday, considered the mid of the work week. And once you get through Wednesday, you’re over the hump of the work week. Easy peasy.

      Thank you for the garden love! I haven’t heard of chocolate basil or chocolate mint thyme. I’ve heard of chocolate mint, as in mint leaves, but not the other.

      Well, of course you deserve to try again. It’s not like it was a puppy or anything. Just talk extra sweet to the next one!

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      • That’s it – chocolate mint !! I was trying to make it another herb but mint will suffice. It was yummy!

        If I find more I’ll give it a go and whisper sweet nothings to it at the shank of the day 😍

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  3. You’ve certainly chosen a happy and bright color scheme. I love edible landscaping and herbs just bring things up a notch. Have you ever smelled Lemon Verbena? It is such a glorious plant, I bought mine at Richters Herbs in Uxbridge. I have a feeling it would make you weak in the knees.
    I didn’t find the slug but I did see a cute little bug.
    Elen, I tried to read this last night and got interrupted by my crazy family. I’m glad I got back to it. As usual I was chuckling throughout – your writing style wow’s me.

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