I haven't been bombarding you with garden posts lately.....just because I don't want you to think that all I do, day in and day out, is sit outside and drool over my garden.
But, let's face it, it's July...and on the mountain top, that means that our gardens are coming into full swing now.
We wait a long time for these short weeks of summer....and I sure as heck am going to enjoy every bit of my garden while I can!
Today I wanted to give you an update on the herb garden.
Do you remember, back in the early spring, when I moved my herbs from the veggie garden up to the deck?
Well, this is what that same area looks like now:
And this is only part way through the summer - can you imagine how green and lush the herb garden will be by the end of August? Wowzers!
The box on the left is just overflowing with gorgeous herbs - the Pineapple Sage has gone mad altogether, and I can't wait to see it flower!
The box on the right is also quite happy - look at how tall the Dill at the back of the box is now! And to think, it all started from an itty bitty seed!
The Dill is so close to flowering - the flower heads are just starting to get their distinctive yellow glow. I just love the form of the flower heads - gorgeous!
In between the two herb boxes, the vines I planted to grow up the arbor are really taking off. I started the seeds directly in the planters, downstairs in my nice warm utility room, and then moved the planters outside when the nights got warm. There are Morning Glories and Moonflowers in the two planters, and Gloriosa Lilies planted inside the edge of both boxes.
The Gloriosa Lilies are just starting to form flowers, as are the Morning Glories. I had a little lady friend stop and rest for a while....perhaps munching on some aphids?
See how the edges of the Gloriosa Lily leaves curl up - they look for something to grab on to, and then they climb, climb, climb!
And then, they climb some more!
Even though I grow the herbs for their culinary uses, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy their beautiful blooms. The Garden Sage is flowering right now, lovely soft purple flowers.
The Lavender has been blooming for two months already - it mingles happily with the Lemon Thyme, and the Purple Basil.
The Oregano has just started putting out some tiny blooms, as well. They are the softest pink flowers, nearly white.
It's so convenient having the herbs right outside the kitchen door. I can walk outside when I'm cooking and just snip anything I need.
Not to mention the heavenly aroma when I open the door!
The view from the kitchen window's not half bad, either!
And in the fall, every year, I gather my herbs and preserve them in various ways for the long winter ahead. I'll definitely share my methods with you when the time comes!
What's planted in your herb garden?