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in The potting shed
Ah! that made me laugh Wintersong. Here are a couple of pics of the new patio and herb bed.
2. Herb bed
Herbs planted so far clockwise from pointed end:
Rosemary 'Blue Lagoon' bought at Cragside Nr Morpeth June 2012
Garlic chives from Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013
Thyme: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!
Broad leaved sage Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013
Chives (home sown)
Thyme 'Hartington Silver' RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013
Indian Mint: (Local nursery)
Orange Scented Thyme: RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013
Oregano: Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013
Thyme: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!
English Mace: RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013
Basil: from elderly residential home greenhouse in Torquay
Purple Sage: Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013
In Centre: 1. Wild Bergamot: RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013
2. Oregano 'Country Cream' RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013
3. Basil: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!
There is also a French Tarragon in a ceramic pot by the wall at the blunt end of the herb bed that is doing very well but I daren't put it in the herb bed as they can take over: brilliant herb to use with sauteed button mushrooms in balsamic vinegar though!
Will show the pics of the old patio soon as before & after, just looked for them and realised they are on my laptop.
Gosh, you get about John! Lovely clear photos which enlarged well. Herb bed looking very good.
Beautiful herb display, John, and it will be even lovelier next year.
Also love the Nasturtiums - same colours as mine but more sturdy. I know not to feed them because they only flower in poor soil; so how do you get them to grow stronger? Is it just a matter of time? Mine have been in about 3 weeks but are still flopping.
By the way, is it slate you've used for the the herb bed?
Hi Birdy, OH says she just gathered some seed from last year and scattered it along the border then left it to do its thing: always seems to work.
The raised beds are a re-constituted stone made to look like slate. Our landscape gardener used to be foreman at the Bristol Zoo Gardens so really knows his stuff. He worked like a trojan all through the hot weather of last week - we got through lots of tea...
Just a few pics from my garden taken over the last few days
Hot Chocolate Rose
Have a good day, lovely to see all the different gardens thanks for sharing.
LOvely pix again everyone
Lovetg I bet you've made good use of your pergola/seating area in this hot weather!
John the craftsmanship's fantastic on your herb bed. (Am I unusual in admiring that and not the plants!) How's the the crop circle....very good Wintersong!
And if it's wet do you sit on the chair in the little storage shed??
Thanks John. It really looks like slate, very effective.
Will try scattering nasturtium seed next year: looks a good way to fill some bare earth at edge of borders, provide colour (plus the occasional extra peppery flavour in salads!)
little-anne: Lovely chrysanthemum(!) dahlia (?) (sorry I still don't know enough to identify them).
You seem to have them in a pot - can I ask do they do well all year like that, or do you have to dig up the bulbs in the autumn and replant next year?
I might try it myself because through ignorance I'm sure I've dug up or cut through some important planting my wife did in previous years and it might be a way of knowing where they are each year if I grow them in pots.
dahlias birdy its my first year but they have to be dug up and dried for storage over winter
My veg patch is ready to go.
Tiny canna Australia showed up this morning.
Crocosmia lucifer has woken up too.
Nasturtiums and nicotiana.
Great pics recently, thanks everyone for sharing them (this was meant to go at the top of the post but I can't make it move).
Really love that shady seating area loveto garden. I have just the place for one but ..........
I tried scattering nasturtium seed but it was the variegated one and nothing came up. have plentty of plain ones though.
Thank you for that info little-ann. They're a lovely return for your first year's planting.
Here are a couple of pics of 'before & after' ref. the new patio + a closer pic of some of the nasturtiums for Birdy.
Great pics everyone. It is so nice to see other peoples gardens and get some ideas.
Thank you so much for the nastutiums pic John - they really do make a lovely splash of colour for just a sprinkling of seeds for the packet,
These are my 3 plants,
bought a market for several quid each. Note the one on the lefI refuses to stand up,
yet was the first to flower . Any ideas why, anyone? I now notice the other two have at last strengthened as well as overtaken the one on the left in putting out flowers. Hmm!
Next year I'll definitely use seed, though.
On a different note can anyone identify this yellowish plant for me please?
(I think the photo may be a bit distorted)
it came from 'nothing' (ie was not visible last winter) and at first gave a nice bit of structure and colour. At first was attractive and fairly compact but has now collapsed outward s onto everything around it:
I'd like to have it show again next year but with a bit more understanding of how to control it. I wondered at first if it was a weed but it is clearly not spreading - except by collapsing. A name might be useful if anyone recognises it.
It's Alchemilla Mollis, sometimes known as Lady's Mantle. Lovely plant,. but can be a bit of a pain. Cut flower heads off when they start to turn brown if you don't want it to self-seed. Once you have it in your garden it will pop up every year.
It certainly can get out oh hand, I'm about to move mine and reduce it yet again ( its under the Lucifer in my middle pic earlier). Looks lovely when water settles on leaves.
Thankyou lovetogarden and Mrs Garden. I'll watch for those brown flower heads. Could I reduce to now to get it off surrounding plants, do you think, or would destroy age it in some way?
My lavender is doing something similar - spreading massively but happily. Don't want to ruin next years shape but they are all a bit out of hand smothering surrounding areas.
You can trim Alchemilla if it is causing a proble, It's as tough as old boots, so trim it back to just tidy it up if you wish. It will die down in the winter and re-appear next spring.
Lavender can be tidied up after flowering,just cut the dead flower head off and trim into shape, but not to old wood as it regrows from new wood.