Among the seeds I planted outside this month included Purple Dark Opal Basil from SeedSavers, a variety I selected because a friend grew it last year. She served it up at a garden party, speared with halves of yellow and red pear tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and the contrast of colors sold me. I knew, without a doubt, that purple basil would be on the agenda for this summer.
I planted the whole packet in a pot, and then left it to germinate with the rest of my seeds. Then, one day, I walked outside and looked down.
There it was. A carpet of purple skimming the surface of the potting soil. Unlike in my other pots, where a seedling might just be grass or something else that arrived by way of the potting soil, there was no mistaking the arrival of the purple basil.