Hi everyone. Thought i'd ask some experts on these two problems. Several years ago we were in the mountains in Abruzzo and came across a whole mountainside covered in thyme- the smell was beautiful. I took a small sprig with the roots and planted it in a pot on my terrace in rome (sunny all day in summer, shady all day in winter - summer gets to close to 100 for anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months). It flourished well and is now a big clump about as big as a melon. But the upper stems are now getting bare, though the ones below them are green, and it's all gone to flower. Should i do anything? cut the flowers off, prune off the dried branches (they have flowers, but no leaves) or leave well enough alone.
Also it;s certainly not fall-like yet, the temp is between 85 and 90, but my basil, both purple leaf and green leaf, which was doing very well all summer, looks fall-like - the leaves have become pale and half have fallen off. I water it as usual.
Both herbs are against the wall separating my terrace from my neighbor's, and it has a little more shade than the rest of the terrace, maybe 3 or 4 hours less of direct sun - when the sun is high it's all sunny and very hot.