Hello, friends! I recently began the replant of our back door herb garden that was pretty much decimated by our -10 degree weather we had this last winter. I actually was pretty surprised at this, since it’s a southern-facing garden up against the house. But the only things that survived without any damage were the chives (and really, what can kill them?) and a variety of low-growing thyme called Lime.
Just to help you feel my pain (ha!) here’s a look at the garden last October – lush and slightly overgrown. So here’s the final tally of the perennial herbs that were lost:
- Two 5-year old rosemary bushes
- A 3-year old French tarragon
- Two French lavender plants
- A 4-year old lemon verbena
- A potted sweet bay (this was iffy – not surprised by this)
- Two spearmint plants
I was able to cut back and replant a start from the huge oregano plant, and it’s doing well, and I’m attempting to see if the common thyme and variegated thyme will regrow from the two sad-looking partial plants above (the Lime thyme is in the foreground). Looking at this picture, though, makes me think I really just need to replant these, too. Sigh.
As long as I need to replant, I’ve decided to go with a different layout, which I’ve tried to illustrate in the picture above. The biggest thing is to find a fountain that is self-contained because when we removed the huge deck we found a pipe for something in the ground under the terra-cotta lid you can see to the left of the middle pot (which is just there as a place marker). So, no planting there and no diy bubbling pot fountain like I thought we’d do.
I want to provide some vertical interest with a couple of small trellises in the pots where I’m growing spearmint and peppermint (I learned many years ago to NEVER plant mint in the ground…). I’d also like to get some narrow lattice for the side of the deck and house foundation, which I’ll just lean it against to cover the not-so-nice stuff going on there. And of course finish purchasing the replacements – the garden center I bought the mint, sage, parsley and lavender from did not have any rosemary or Italian parsley. I have three basil seedlings hardening off this week to fill their spot and I would like to find a small herb to plant in front of the future fountain – do you have any suggestions for me?
So – what have you all been up to – did you get a lot done during the long weekend and are ready to share it with us for the garden party?