A pinch of the basil leaves on my kitchen windowsill and the fragrance transports me to another place -- a warm, sunny place in the summer garden -- a place I daydream about while our so-called "spring" gets interrupted by knuckle-numbing low temperatures. That basil on the windowsill, gazing out at Sunday's torrents of frigid rain, seems to be longing for warmer days just like I am.
While the cold and the rain kept me out of the garden on Sunday, I took the opportunity to catch up on my indoor seed sowing. I planted a collection of cheerful summer bloomers: Zinnias
, Marigolds, Mexican sunflowers, and Gerbera daisies. And pressing onward for sunnier days... the seeds of more Sweet Basil.