At this time of the year, the basil plants are at their peaks. The basil blooms are all over my yard. I have some plants, I let bloom out and go to seed. Other basil plants I snip the blossom off for better leaf growth. The plant can concentrate on the leaves; they turn dark green and thicker. I use lots of basil for spaghetti sauces, meat and egg dishes. And just rubbing the fingers on a basil leaf is so refreshing, when I work in the garden.