Back pain and Herb Garden Update

May 9, 2008

I had a wrestling match with some ivy on one of our fences (the ivy is behind some  shrubs); the ivy won so I ended up with back pain which lasted a good week.  The moral of this story is not to twist and pull!  I’m all better now so I got stuck in to all the gardening jobs I hadn’t got round to like sowing seeds inside and outside, transferring seedlings and plants.  The photos are of my garden as it is now; there is still a lot to do as you can see but I’m getting there slowly but surely!  It will look much better once the plants are all in and I’ve got some gravel down on the paths.  The herb area used to be an area of lawn but it is now an area split into four main beds with one central bed, I’ve yet to reclaim the border along the fence!

This photo is one of the beds which has been more or less planted up, I’ve just got to be patient and wait for it to fill out!  I ended up buying some thymes and purple sage to get a quicker effect but all the green sage plants were grown from seed so will take longer to become established.  I’m calling it the ‘Med Bed’ (as in mediterranean) because it mainly has plants that don’t mind dry and sunny conditions.  In it I have thyme,  thyme ‘silver posie’ , lamb’s ears, cotton lavender, feverfew, sage and purple sage forming a cross shape to create four small areas for annuals.  So far I have sown coriander ‘leisure’ and ‘moroccan’, dill and marigolds.  The fourth area is for sweet basil; this will be something new for me because I normally leave basil in pots because it doesn’t normally like being transplanted so I’ll sow some seeds direct and transplant some to see what happens.  On the left hand side of the bed are oregano, lamb’s ears, feverfew and sweet marjoram; one that I bought plus some seedlings that I started about 6 weeks ago.  Along the two shorter edges are a row of rosemary cuttings that I’ve had for a while in pots.  The aim is to keep the structural herbs; rosemary, sage, marjoram and oregano, cotton lavender, thymes trimmed and provide some shelter/shade to the roots of the annuals so they are less likely to bolt.  Not sure how this will look/work out because of the different growth stages of some of the plants but it’s fun trying it out.

Just out of shot is a pile of dead branches which are the remains of a very large berberis that we removed; we’re still being prickled by the vicious spines that fell into the borders.

This is the central bed with an Apothecary’s Rose in the middle, chives around the edge (to deter  aphids from the rose).  There are also some violets and heartsease plants in there.

The salad burnet has grown rapidly and the flowers are about to open.

I’ll add some more photos of the herbs at a later date either into the photo album or somewhere like flickr.  Any recommendations for photo storage welcomed!

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1 Bilguun 05.12.08 at 10:48 pm

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