I wrote last August about some work that we’d done to put a little herb garden in the shared communal space at the front of the house together with putting a few bits in the yard to add a bit of colour. Our little herb garden looked like this:
Unfortunately, due to the lack of light that the bed received and the massive amount of rain we’ve had, pretty much everything out the front died. I even managed to pretty much kill the mint (although looking at the roots in the pot you could see it was getting ready to make a comeback) which is a bit of an achievement.
So we wandered over to the local nursery to buy some replacements and busied ourselves at the weekend getting everything settled in. We also took advantage of a special deal at Aldi and bought a Japanese Acer that they had on offer for a tenner. Bargain!
Here’s what our back yard looked like when we first moved in:
And here’s what it looks like now – like someone cares about it!
The big ceramic pots and bench are on permanent loan from my parents, but I think they work pretty well. But we’ve got plenty going on now…
There’s two different types of lavender – Hidcote and French (stoechas):
We had these items in the little boxes from last year, but they’re really flourishing now:
Same for last year’s ivy:
New old-fashioned mint – hopefully I won’t completely massacre this one:
A nice bushy rosemary plant:
A nice little window-box with some summery/mediterranean herbs – Oregano, chives, flat-leaved parsley and curly-leaved parsley:
This is the only thing that survived from out the front – the bay plant. It’s looking a bit sad but hopefully some sunshine and warmth will fix it up:
Sage and oregano:
We’re going to give coriander a go:
The chilli plant Ali gave us is doing well – we’ve got three little chillies going on:
And our bargain Aldi acer:
Trev then got behind the camera and took a few little arty shots:
Really looking forward to seeing how everything does in our little sun-trap of a yard. Fingers crossed we’ll end up with some good herbage going on. Most things are already looking a little happier with some good compost, a watering and some feed. It was great fun to properly get our hands dirty and tidy things up. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to getting more done on the allotment too and getting stuck in here. If I manage to keep this lot alive, then I may potentially have inherited my family’s green fingers after all.