Monday, April 18, 2011

Garden Tour Part Two

I'm back to show the next area of our yard, the herb garden. I started this garden in 1996, the same year my husband was single-handedly building an addition to our house. I was also homeschooling our boys and baby sitting several children. Don't ask me how I had the energy to do all this. I can't even imagine!

I have the herb garden informally divided into areas of plant use; culinary, tea, medicinal, and household herbs. One of the center beds is full of lavender surrounding a sundial that has been in my husband's family for over 50 years. The other center bed is for basil and dill.

I have roses and clematis on the arbors. The rose above is  Zephirine Drouhin. So pretty and grows quickly.

Rick built a covered platform for the beeskep, after several had rotted from being out in the weather. There are several thymes in front of it, though they are being taken over by garlic chives. Have to work on that!

The tulips are going strong now. I love the pink ones, but I want to move those yellow and orange ones to a different area. I really prefer pastels for spring.

This tree is not in the herb garden, but I wanted to show it. The sand cherry is one of my spring time favorites, not only for the lovely blooms, but for the fragrance. We call it the "grape bubble gum tree". That's exactly what it smells like!

Well, that's it for today. I hope everyone is enjoying their gardens and/or getting a lot of Easter crafting done. I'm thinking about blowing out some eggs and decorating them, after being inspired by Martha Stewart's special. 


Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh the tulips. Beautiful!!

Kerin said...

Wow! Your gardens are beautiful and inspiring. I too wonder where all my energy went.... ah, to have it back, wouldn't it be wonderful ! Do you tend bees in your beeskep ? One of our goals for this farm, is to tend bees.
Have a great day !

Becca's Dirt said...

I am so in love with your place there. It is so cozy looking and country laid back. I know it's a lot of work taking care of that yard. Love how you've done your raised beds. Hope you're having a good day.

Anonymous said...

Simply stunning!!! I just love your gardens especially your herbs. Everything is coming along beautifully. I can hardly wait to put out the beeskeps, it's been raining and raining here, plus our weather is dropping. Oh well, I can always check in with you and your beautiful place!
Happy Easter!

Sunny Simple Life said...

Here is the link for my laundry recipe. You can make it liquid or dry. I now just leave it in powder form.

Cheryl said...

Your photos make me want to run my hands through some dirt :-)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful garden! Wishing you a very Happy Easter!


Diane Mars said...

Wow what a beautiful garden I am impressed! Thanks for your sweet wishes, Happy Easter to you and yours. I am your newest follower! oxox, Diane