Here are a few shots of the Herb Gardens. They are really beginning to take off now that it is warming up (slightly). We've recently mulched the ground in an attempt to conserve water throughout the Summer months. I've had a lot of Borage volunteer itself in both beds, and I asked my husband not to weed them out because the bees love it! I've recently begun referring to Borage by its alternate name which is 'Bee Bread', which is fitting. We've planted a few new herbs this year which are Clary Sage, Fenugreek (Bird's Foot), and Egyptian 'Walking' Onions. Photo 6 in this series shows a 'Walking' Onion growing in front of a Hyssop plant.Those plants are characterized by their funky growing shapes.
The front Potager really seems to be thriving. I've several varieties of 'Cut and Come Again' Lettuce and Spinach growing and I think it is absolutely gorgeous. We are growing Cabbages in some side beds in addition to Chives, Garlic and Turnips. Those Pansies have been in the beds since January and are already self-seeding! The Peas with Pink and Purple blossoms are my Schweizer Riesen heirlooms. This garden garners a lot of positive attention from our neighbours!
I'm exceedingly fond of our 'Pacific Giant' Delphinium and have little shame in sharing this enthusiasm with others. Notice in the top left photograph in this sequence the height of the plants near the window. At last count, they were over 7.5 feet high and are still growing! The secret to this success appears to be ample daylight and lots of fish emulsion. Once they bloom, I will have photos taken of me standing near them for reference. The pale blue flowers are 'Galahad', while the deep purple are 'King Arthur'.
All of our roses began to open at once. This is a photograph of our 'Midnight Blue' roses which are in the front bed. They have a sweet, spicy scent and are a glorious purple. Here is what they look like in bloom:
My pink 'The Fairy' Rose blooms non-stop and never disappoints. I love how dependable it is in the garden.
The Black 'Baccara' Rose hasn't bloomed yet, but is a luscious, deep red.
Our 'Night Owl' climbing rose lives in a semi-neglected part of the yard where I am attempting to coddle it and train it over a storage shed. These are a deep purple with a bright yellow 'eye'. Despite the fact she lives in dry, rocky soil, she appears to be quite comfortable where she is. Sometimes I'll get a cracked egg from the chicken's nest and I'll smash it on the ground near the roses as a sort of nutritional amendment. The nutrients positively benefit the plants and they appreciate the added calcium from the shells.
Our Rhododendron is also blooming. It is probably the same age as the house: 74 years.
There are a lot of happy plants in the front beds too, just growing in and doing their thing!
The Bumblebees love our Comfrey and we are getting Strawberries!
Here is a shot of some of the things growing in our freshly tilled and expanded side flower bed. Our 'Granny's Bonnet' Columbine are blooming near the roses and poppies. I've grown a lot of the big bomb 'Peony' types that Tasha Tudor was so fond of.
There is a lot of action in the backyard Potager as well! We have a lot of peas, favas, and more coming in.
We have many herbs volunteering themselves such as Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Thyme. Also: we have Figs!
And kitty cats.