Despite the dire warnings about eternal waiting—and flirting with eternal damnation—the parsley has started to sprout.  In fact, it is emerging from the ground at the early end of the range given on the seed packet, only 14 days after sowing.  As it turns out, even the conservative estimate listed—21 days—is shorter than the germination times I have read online, some as long as six weeks.  I guess our parsley is more devout and was able to resist a side trip to Hades; see May 13, 2012 (part 2).

At the other end of the second planter, the basil plants have not been enjoying the cool, wet weather of the last few days (and neither have we, for that matter).  Too much water makes their leaves turn yellow and without abundant sun, their growth is slow and stunted.  By design, our planter is well drained and there is little danger of the plants rotting (which often happened to the basil we used to plant on the patio) but the poor weather means that the basil plants will take longer to mature and may not be as pretty as they would be under ideal conditions.

We bought the 12 sweet basil seedlings in two packs of six.  While transplanting them to the garden, we discovered that one of them had been broken off, or perhaps eaten, and was only about half as large as it siblings (whose taller and fuller leaves had hidden it).  We planted it anyway.  Now, after two weeks in our garden, this basil plant appears to have been adopted.  It is a darker shade of green and its leaves are much smaller than the other basil plants.  I cannot yet tell what variety of basil it might be (I may never be able to) and will watch its development with added curiosity.