We are approaching the last half of winter now, and I have been meaning to do some cutting back and 'whatever' type of business I am supposed to do at this time of year - I don't know what that is really - but I know I should be doing something.
(They look as confused as I do)
And so, I stripped all the branches of their flowers, discovering a hidden lemon on our lemon tree which must have escaped the pup's attention, as they are always delighted to find bright-yellow, accessible balls growing on trees, and will unceremoniously pluck them and leave them lying about. I realised early on that they will win the fight for the lemons and seeing we only had three this year, decided to not sweat it at all.
I also discovered some ripening tomatoes among the basil that had survived the winter thus far and had a happy moment wondering at the happy coincidence of basil and tomato growing together when they are such a delightful culinary pair. I must add that I did not plant tomatoes in my garden - they simply appeared.
The reason I wanted the basil stripped in the first place was at the thought of creating 'basil water' for cosmetic use. I have been doing a lot of reading and researching of late as I want to make my own cosmetics, shampoos etc and the thought of 'basil water' as a base just sounds delightful. I have also discovered how to make a home still and can't wait to get started making my own fragrant waters.
Unfortunately, our stove and oven blew up recently and replacement is not going to happen in a hurry. So, now I have the basil flowers all ready, but no way of heating the still. With this in mind I began to wonder if I should seed the flowers instead - that is when I went online to find out about harvesting seeds and found that I had actually done the right thing in waiting for the flowers to dry out ... but alas! I find no seeds.
DH walked into the kitchen and upon seeing the basil all spread out drying, had a stupefying 'Gunja' wishful moment - called up from somewhere in his distant, delinquent past .... uh..hum .... moving on quickly.
So, I guess I will dry out the seedless flowers and keep them in safety for a time when I am able to heat my homemade still and then I will Blog about them again.
In the mean time, the house smells delightfully of basil (and for some reason - rose water), and I will extend myself the luxury of a handful of fragrant flowers in my bath tonight as compensation for a job half done, I am terribly impatient when I have things I want done and I can't get my head around having to leave this off for another distant date.