In early January I pulled up my tomato plants after the crop of Beaver Lodge Slicers had come to a glorious end, then I mulched the area in preparation for whatever it is I'm going to plant there next, once the summer heat fades away. Looking at them this morning, I realised my curly parsley borders have never looked better. No other big, showy, fruit-laden, leafy plants to get in the way. Just the pure minimalism of parsley and mulch.
I have blogged before about curly parsley borders here, last August, when I was just establishing this current lot. I just love the look of them, and they're not quite as easy as they would outwardly seem, as parsley is a plant which grows best from seed.
Up close the plants are more spiky than curly, and I find I use the curly type of parsley in cooking almost as often as I use the more robust flavoured, and more praised, flat-leaf type.
As I mentioned in my previous posting last August, I had tried to plant both seedlings of parsley and seeds, but that experiment didn't work that well. All the plants you see here are grown from seed. All the seedling-grown plants bolted to seed in the first heat of summer and were pulled out. The seed-grown plants have sailed on unperturbed through shocking heatwaves, downpours, humidity and, worst of all, the indignity of having to be a mere, unnoticed green border around a flashy tomato patch. Right now, surrounding a modest swathe of sugar cane mulch, they're in their pomp.