But mine remained empty for a long time. Until last weekend. As her belated Valentine's Day gift to me, Lovely Daughter #1 accompanied me to the garden store, and to my friend C's, to pick up some potting mix and some of C's leftover herbs from her full-to-spilling-over herb garden.
Then LD#1 and I potted everything up and set them in a sunny spot on my porch.
Some of the leftover herb plants I got from C look pretty good, like this sage:
Some, like this oregano, are mostly sticks with just a few bits of green on them. But below the surface is a mature root ball ready to throw up quite a big plant, come late spring:
I never saw sage flowers or buds close up. They're very charming:
I run out each morning to take a look at the herbs, in hopes that they're ready to burst forth in an explosion of green.
Not yet, but soon!, they seem to say. After all, things take thyme.