A brief interlude of bright sunshine on a breezy day.  In the pots outside the window, the wind set some young chive shoots vibrating while those braced against other stems stayed still.

 

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The sturdy oregano stood firm in the wind, its hairy stems backlit by the sun.

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Close up the narrow leaves of rosemary reveal neatly hemmed edges, the dark, waxy upper surface rolled tightly over the pale, slightly woolly under surface.

 

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The smooth chives of the stem are faintly ribbed, tapering to a blunt point.  The abstract patterns of their leaning, crossing stems are marred only by the shriveled ends of the stems cut for the kitchen.

 

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As our balcony garden is tucked in an angle on the shady side of the building, my early attempts at growing tomatoes, salads and beans in pots were a miserable failure.  Over on  the sunny side, herbs hanging from the window rail are a more realistic prospect and a taste of home grown freshness.