Friday, March 2, 2018

Herb Gardens

I have loved herbs since I first discovered them on a trip to Williamsburg in the early 70's.  I spent years and years dreaming of just the right way to garden with them.  I collected books and diagrams and checked out every book I could find from my library.  Then, at some point, I decided to just start growing them. I visited an herb farm and bought what she recommended and I was off and running.  I remember her telling me that no matter how big my herb garden was it would never be big enough.  She knew what she was talking about.  There are always more herbs to grow. My very first herb was Arp Rosemary.  and the rest is history.

Thyme, lamb's ears, and lavender

Fast forward about 30 years and there are now herbs tucked in all over my yard and I have almost 2 acres so you can just imagine.

I have dedicated one of the raised beds along the outer perimeter to herbs so they won't be disturbed since most of them grow for more than one season..

herb bed

The extreme temperatures really knocked them back but as you see in the following pictures, they have recovered nicely..

curly leaf parsley



flat leaf parsley favorite


Rose scented geranium
 This one is in the greenhouse and is filled with buds. They will be repotted and brought outside as soon as it gets warmer. A beautifully fragrant plant..

This year I will add some boxwoods to the mix.  I have rooted so many because they are just so easy andI love to root things. 

boxwood that I rooted

Last but not least..  this is a daylily seed as it germinates and breaks through the soil.. the seed is black and the new plant is green.  This is one of my very own crosses that I hybridized last year.  Always so exciting to know this is an absolutely original daylily in the making.  It might take another year before I see a flower but that is half the fun.


  I guess I really did become an herb gardener after all.  Just not the conventional kind.  But that is true to myself..unconventional.  Until next time, get some herbs for your garden.  You will most certainly enjoy them..

 Happy gardening...


rosemary in foreground, redbud tree in background