The combination of sunny weather and Grandma here to play with the girls gave me, finally, some time to catch up and clear up in the back garden. Just when I was about to campaign to make Ground Elder a garden feature, the temperature and sunshine cooperated to allow me to weed it out!Growing up in a distinctly non-gardening family, I have no experience with plants and flowers. I was eager to learn, but overwhelmed by the information, resources and choices available to the keen gardener. Where to begin?
So I decided the best way to start, and stay interested, was to be able to eat my garden! I focused on herbs, which fascinate me with their vast culinary uses and histories, and I transformed the raised border around our patio into a kitchen herb garden.
|Chives about to burst into bloom|
One of my great pleasures in life is to be cooking dinner and just pop out the back door to snip a few herbs to toss into the pot.
|Robust bay in the sunshine|
|Trailing rosemary peeking out of the shade|
I use so many of these herbs year round, only a few actually die out in the winter.
|Thyme in flower behind the chives|
The raised border also houses oregano, savoury, sage...Sweet Woodruff in the shady bit
|Sweet Woodruff with rosemary popping over from next door|
And we have sweet wild strawberries that flower and ripen a few times a year
Next to the strawberries, and yet to pop up, is sorrel, Bunny’s favourite. It tastes like Granny Smith apples and is great in salads. Bunny loves the tart fresh flavour and nibbles it like...a bunny.(Note that all my garden plantings are perennial – my life isn’t conducive to annual spring planting season and digging-up time in the autumn!)
Running parallel to the raised border, in the garden beyond the patio, is a second herb border. Here I have larger plants, like the frothy bronze fennel
|Bronze fennel, which will grow to about five feet tall, with oregano plants to the left|
|Sweet cicely, and just peeping up at the left are leaves of marsh mallow|
There’s also lavender, dwarf oregano, yarrow, marsh mallow, bee’s balm...and who could call themselves a herb gardener without those invasive, gorgeous mints and lemon balms?
|Can you tell which is which?|
So there you have it, a peek into my edible garden. There are some lovely “weeds” blooming in the lawn, too
Bunny picked a buttercup and held it under my chin, checking to see if I liked butter. Little Flower, who had never seen this age-old game before, picked this...
...held it under my chin, and said, “Mummy, let’s see if you like chicken pie.”Now that it is raining again, we’re all indoors and my WIPs are calling to me...which first? I’d love to make progress on my first quilt, but the Dr. Seuss stitching is so fun...