In January, I noticed spider mites on the lemon verbena and decided to cut the plants back to the woody stems and see if they recover. It took a while, but as of late February, the plants have put on new, bug-free growth and I have been picking leaves for tea and salads! I have now seeded some basil into a gap in that pot and look forward to getting an early crop.
The poinsettia is still hanging on, although it is starting to lose some leaves. To rescue it, I will have to repot it so that I can place it in a cool dark room for a while. Have any of you ever attempted to get poinsettias to rebloom?
Another plant I love having in the house is rosemary. It does well in a sunny window – winter growth is slow, but the plant will love being outside some time in early June. Growing herbs is not too daunting and very rewarding, but I found it easier to purchase the few plants I like to have around. Sadly for Edmontonians, Gwen has moved to BC, and I know I will be missing her superb herbs dearly!